On Friday Jan.22, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, announced that Donald Trump will be presented with articles of impeachment Monday, solely for his role in inciting the riot on the U.S. Capitol, Jan.6 ,2020.
While President Biden’s administration finalizes cabinet nominees and swears in its Senators, they’re allowing former President Trump that time to organize his legal team and prepare their defense. The trial date is set to begin the week of February 8th, reports Schumer. The date would avert the delay Republicans asked for, while also allowing the Senate more time to consider Biden’s Covid-19 relief package. A priority he doesn’t want to have stalled during trial proceedings.
Trump, who is reportedly still assembling his legal team, would have to have 17 Republicans vote along with the Democrats in order to be convicted. Sources say this may be hard to do being that Senate Republicans are “open-but not committed to a conviction”.
In correlation to Trump’s impeachment, his defense team argues that a president cant be impeached after they leave.
“We want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us,” Schumer said. “But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability, and that is what this trial will provide.”
Donald Trump is the first U.S. president to be impeached twice, this time without the White House’s resources at his fingertips.