US Senate confirms timetable for Trump's second impeachment trial

US Senate confirms timetable for Trump's second impeachment trial

The impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump will begin February 9 under a deal reached Friday by top Senate leaders over the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month - but the GOP could end up regretting its own efforts to delay the trial.

Schumer said, "make no mistake, there will be a trial and when that trial ends senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John Trump incited the erection" only to immediately correct himself by saying, "insurrectionagainst the United States". That triggers the start of the trial, and senators, who sit as a jury, will be sworn in the next day. After that, the Senate would give the president's defense team and House prosecutors two weeks to file briefs.

"Healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability, and that is what this trial will provide", Schumer said on the floor. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have amplified the moral stakes as well by placing responsibility for the deadly attack - to varying degrees - at Trump's feet.

"It allows the president's defense team adequate time to prepare and for the sake of the country, it moves the process forward", Graham said.

Given the limited language in the Constitution on impeachment, legal experts disagree about whether the Senate can convict a former president.

If Mr Trump is convicted the Senate could vote to bar him from holding office ever again, potentially upending his chances for a political comeback. Schumer said there will be "a full trial, it will be a fair trial".

Some Republicans are publicly insisting it is unconstitutional to continue impeachment proceedings for a president who has already left office. If all 50 Democrats support a guilty verdict, they will need 17 Republicans to join them.

"If Donald Trump lets Butch be Butch and doesn't try to make him be someone he's not, in terms of making nutty legal arguments and seeking out television cameras, this will be a great fit for Butch", Sawyer said.

While the transmission of the article to the Senate sets in motion the preparations for a trial, the exact timing remains up in the air.

The Senate, divided evenly between 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats, will be tasked with juggling confirmation hearings and votes for President Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees and an impeachment trial.

One of the managers, California Rep. Ted Lieu, said Friday that Democrats would rather be working on policy right now, but "we can't just ignore" what happened on January 6.

The trial will also be the first time a former president will face such charges after leaving office.

Butch Bowers, an attorney from SC, is set to defend Trump.

"The sequel can not be an insufficient Senate process that denies former President Trump his due process or damages the Senate or the presidency itself".

"If you're wanting to erase Donald Trump from the party, you're going to get erased", Graham said Wednesday on Fox News.

"This year, the whole world bore witness to the president's incitement, to the execution of his call to action, and the violence that was used", the California Democrat told reporters.

Graham said that if he were Trump's lawyer, he would focus on that argument and also the merits of the case, whether it was "incitement" under the law.

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