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Trump impeachment trial has a start date

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/22/21, 10:09 pm

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said senators can balance confirming President Joe Biden’s executive nominees and holding former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she plans to send the impeachment articles to the Senate on Monday.

When will the trial start? Once the Senate receives the articles of impeachment, it is supposed to start the trial right away. But Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., agreed to begin the proceeding during the week of Feb. 8. That gives Senate Democrats more time to focus on confirmations. With the Senate split 50-50, at least 17 Republicans would need to vote against Trump in order to convict him of inciting insurrection on Jan. 6. In the House, 10 GOP lawmakers voted to impeach. Some Republican senators argue impeaching a president after he leaves office is unconstitutional. Democrats are seeking a conviction that would allow them to bar Trump from holding office again.

Dig deeper: Read Josh Raimundo’s account in The Stew of what he saw at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 10:50 pm

    While we all decry the current  fractious nature of our politics, we need to remember our past political discourse was not all hugs and fuzzies.  

    On July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr, Vice President at the time,  shot  Alexander Hamilton, a former Secretary of the Treasury, in a duel, the culmination of years of disagreements and insults.  Hamilton died the next day. 

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 01/23/2021 02:36 pm

    Interesting. Good throwback.

  • reader 400
    Posted: Sat, 01/23/2021 10:34 am

    One thing that I am wondering in all of this, but no one is talking about, is if President Trump's constitutional rights to due process were violated. The House failed to do an investigation of the evidence by committee and the House leadership has demonstrated enough animus to show that this impeachment is likely more about animus than facts. And I know that the Supreme Court hates animus, as we saw in Jack Phillips's case before the court. And what is to stop them from overturning the impeachment and any conviction in the Senate if President Trump challenges this in court? President Trump is entitled to the same due process rights as the rest of us are.

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 01/23/2021 02:42 pm

    Trump's constitutional rights aren't being violated here. "Impeachment" is not a judicial proceeding--it's legislative. Although it may appear to resemble a criminal trial, there's no relation. The Constitution allows the Senate to determine the rules of its own proceedings. If not impeached, Trump can be tried on similar grounds in a judicial court of law, and the same holds true even if he is impeached. Let's say hypothetically a president is impeached and removed from office by the Senate because they murdered someone. That doesn't mean the former president would also go to jail. They'd still have to be tried in a criminal court of law. It's apples and oranges.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Mon, 02/01/2021 07:06 am

    WCG, why does the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court get involved if it is only legislative? It is a shame that the Democrats are putting on this "show trial" in an attempt to damage Trump politically! They care little for justice and a lot for maintaining their power! They are dangerous fascists who are now targeting conservatives! If we cannot get a handle on our election process then our country is really gone. But we must not give up and continue the fight to preserve this nation!