The Senate will start President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial during the week of Feb. 8, Democratic Leader Charles Schumer has announced on Friday.
“Both the House managers and the defense will have a period of time to draft their legal briefs just as they did in previous trials. … Once the briefs are drafted, the presentation by the parties will commence the week of Feb. 8,” Schumer stated on the Senate floor.
Trump will be the first former president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office.
The House will make the impeachment article against Trump late Monday, with initial proceedings Tuesday, all opening arguments will be pushed to February, which also allows the Senate time to confirm President Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominations.
“We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us,” Schumer said about the Capitol riot.
“But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability. And that is what this trial will provide.”
Both Schumer and McConnell have not provided any details about how long they think the trial should last. Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial in early 2020 lasted 21 days, though most senators do not expect the second trial to last that long.
Democrats are planning to use the delayed start for the second trial to confirm more of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks.
Biden stated on Friday that he’d be agreeable to a delay if it would allow more time to put his government together and see his Cabinet nominations all approved.
Sources: Bloomberg, Reuters, Washington Post, and The Guardian; Photo: thestar.com