WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate impeachment trial for Donald Trump regarding the capital riots will begin on February 8, the first time he faces such charges after leaving a former presidency.
Senate chief leader Chuck Schumer announced the program on Friday evening after reaching an agreement with Republicans, who pushed for a delay in preparing a defense on the sole charge of mobilizing Trump and insuring his legal team Had given.
The beginning date of February also allows the Senate to confirm President Joe Biden’s cabinet nomination and consider his proposed $ 1.9 trillion Kovid relief package – the top priorities of the new White House agenda that may come to a standstill during trial proceedings is.
“We all want to put this terrible chapter in our nation’s history behind us,” Schumer said of the deadly Capitol on 6 January by a pro-Trump crowd.
“But healing and unity will come only when there is truth and accountability. And this is what this test will provide. “
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent an article of impeachment late Monday night, with the senators being sworn in on Tuesday. But initial arguments will last until February.
Trump’s impeachment trial will no longer be the first term of the US president, a promise that his Senate Republican colleagues argue is pointless, and possibly unconstitutional. Democrats say they have to keep Trump in mind, even as they pursue Biden’s legislative priorities, because of the gravity of what happened – a violent attack on the US Congress aimed at overturning an election From
If Trump is convicted, the Senate may prevent him from holding office again, potentially increasing his chances for a political comeback.
The urgency of the Democrats to hold Trump responsible was complicated by the need for Biden’s government to initiate quick work on its coronovirus aid package.
“The more time we have to get up and running … the better,” Biden said in brief remarks to reporters on Friday.
Republicans were eager to delay the trial, the shocking events of the siege and the distance between the votes that would test their loyalty to the former president who still attracted the attention of voters.
Negotiations between Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were complicated, as the two are also negotiating a power-sharing agreement for the Senate, which is split 50-50, but is under democratic control as Vice President Commerce Harris tie-in. Vote for breaking work.
McConnell initially proposed a delay and welcomed the agreement.
McConnell spokesman Doug Andres said, “Republicans will respect former President Trump’s rights and due process, the Senate’s institution and the office of the presidency to ensure the Senate’s next steps.” “That goal has been achieved.”
Pelosi said on Friday the Nine House impeachment manager, or prosecutor, is “ready to start making his case” against Trump. Pelosi said Trump’s team would have the same amount after the House’s impeachment vote was ready.
Democrats say they could potentially move through the trial quickly without a witness, as lawmakers experienced first-hand insurrection.
One of the managers, California Rapid Ted LU, said Friday that Democrats are working on the policy at the moment, but “we can’t ignore it right now” which happened on 6 January.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Liu said, “It was an attack on our capitol by a violent mob.” “It was an attack on our nation instigated by our Commander in Chief. We have to address this and ensure that it never happens again. ”
Trump, who asked his supporters to “fight like hell” just before invading the Capitol and disrupting the electoral vote two weeks ago, is still assembling his legal team.
White House press secretary Jane Saki on Friday adjourned Congress in time for the trial and would not say that Biden thinks Trump should be convicted. But she said that legalists could discuss together and hear Biden’s coronavirus virus relief package.
“We don’t think it can be delayed or it can wait, so they are going to find a way forward,” Saki said of virus assistance. “They believe they can do it.”
Democrats will need the support of at least 17 Republicans to convict Trump a high time. While most Republican senators denounced Trump’s actions that day, far fewer are set to prove guilty.
A handful of Senate Republicans have indicated they are open – but not committed – to convictions. But most people have come to the rescue of Trump as it relates to impeachment, believing that a trial would be divisive and question the legitimacy of trying the president after leaving the presidency.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close Trump aide who is helping him find lawyers, said Friday “is a very constitutional matter” over whether Trump could be impeached after his term – An outspoken Democratic rejection, stating that enough is legal precedent. Graham also suggested that Republicans would argue Trump’s words on January 6. Were not legally “abetted”.
“On the facts, they will be able to mount a defense, so the main thing is to give it a chance to prepare and systematically run the case, and hopefully thoughts of chasing the president after the Senate president leaves office Will reject it. ” Graham said.
Other Republicans had strong words, suggesting that there should be no trial. Wyoming Sen. John Barraso said Pelosi is sending a message to Biden that “my hatred and vitriol of Donald Trump is so strong that I will stop you and your cabinet from doing anything.” Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson suggested that Democrats are choosing “retaliation” over national security as Biden attempted to establish his government.
McConnell, who said this week that Trump had “provoked” his supporters before the riots, did not say how he would vote. He said Senate Republicans “strongly believe that we need a complete and fair process where the former president can mount a defense and the Senate can properly consider factual, legal and constitutional questions.”
Trump, the first president to impeach twice, is at a disadvantage compared to his first impeachment trial, which had the full resources of the White House attorney’s office to defend him. Graham helped Trump hire South Carolina lawyer Butch Bowers Members of his previous legal teams indicated that he did not plan to join the new effort.
Associated Press writer Amer Madhani in Washington, Meg Kinnear in Columbia, South Carolina and Jill Colvin in West Palm Beach, Florida contributed to this report.