UPDATE, 3:47 p.m. PT: Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial will begin the week of February 8, giving the former president’s team time to prepare their defense and the Senate to confirm the nominees for Joe Biden’s cabinet.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer gave the schedule on Friday. The indictment article against Trump will go to the Senate on Monday, and impeachment officials will read the charge against him, for inciting the Jan.6 insurgency on Capitol Hill.
PREVIOUSLY: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday that an article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump would be handed over to the Senate on Monday, meaning a trial could begin as early as next week.
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On the Senate floor, Schumer, the new majority leader, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had informed him of the plans. Trump was indicted for the second time last week for inciting the Jan.6 insurgency on Capitol Hill.
“Now I have heard some of my fellow Republicans argue that this trial would be unconstitutional because Donald Trump is no longer in office, an argument that has been outright repudiated, debunked, by hundreds of constitutional scholars,” Schumer said.
Delivery of the item triggers a process for a Senate trial. We don’t know when this will start. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a postponement to mid-February to give Trump’s legal team time to prepare.
“There will be a trial,” Schumer said.
Schumer also rejected McConnell’s request that Democrats retain legislative obstruction, meaning major legislation requires a 60-vote threshold to pass. McConnell and Schumer try to come to an agreement on the rules of the new Senate, complicated by the fact that the chamber is split between the parties 50-50.
Trump was impeached in a 232-197 vote, with 10 Republicans joining all Democrats on the article.
Pelosi confirmed the timeline in a statement. “We are respectful of the constitutional power of the Senate over the trial and always attentive to the fairness of the process, noting that the former president will have had the same time to prepare for the trial as our leaders,” she said. “Our managers are ready to begin presenting their cases to 100 Senate jurors throughout the trial.”