The second impeachment trial against former U.S. President Donald Trump for “inciting insurrection” with the assault on the Capitol will formally begin the week of February 8, said Friday the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer.
Schumer indicated that the impeachment charges will be sent to the Upper House on Monday, January 25, and on Tuesday the procedural issues and preparations to carry it out will begin.
Earlier, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had called for a delay in the start of the impeachment trial until mid-February to allow Trump’s defence to prepare.
Schumer indicated that he and McConnell will continue to negotiate the length and format of the impeachment process.
“But make no mistake, the trial will be held in the U.S. Senate, and there will be a vote on whether or not to ‘convict’ the president,” the Democrat said.
“It will be a full trial, it will be a fair trial,” he defended.
The speaker of the House of Representatives, progressive Nancy Pelosi, had noted in a statement that she was “attentive to the fairness of the process” and stressed that Trump will have the same time to prepare his defence as the legislators who will act as “prosecutors” in the impeachment trial.
This will be the second “impeachment”, as the impeachment process is known in English against Trump, who came out of the first in early 2020 for his pressures on Ukraine.
Trump, the first president in U.S. history to be subjected to two impeachment trials, faces this time the charge of “inciting insurrection” for the violent assault on the Capitol on January 6 by a mob of his supporters, which left five dead, including a policeman.
Although the process may no longer result in the impeachment of Trump, who left the White House on Wednesday, Democrats are confident that it will result in the disqualification of the former president from holding future political office.
According to Senate rules, any impeachment trial must begin at 13.00 local time (18.00 GMT) on the day following the moment the Lower House sends the Upper House the charge in question, known as the “impeachment” article.
However, the Senate has some flexibility to adjust the timetable.