January 22, 2021

Trump impeachment trial set to begin the week of 8 February

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The Gist

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed to a delay of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, allowing the chamber to focus on other matters.

The List

  • Under the new timeline, the House will deliver the article of impeachment Monday evening and the trial will officially begin the week of February 8.
  • Senate minority leader M. McConnell has previously called for a two-week delay in order to give Trump time to plan his legal defense.
  • The move opens up two weeks so the Senate can first confirm Joe Biden's cabinet nominees, and consider the $1.9tn coronavirus relief package. 
  • Referring to the new Senate schedule, Joe Biden said: "the more time we have to get up and running to meet these crises, the better.” 
  • McConnell' spokesperson said the GOP leader is "glad that Leader Schumer agreed to  Republicans’ request for additional time during the pre-trial phase,"

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