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.