Saturday, January 16

Trump’s second trial would begin on Biden’s inauguration day

  • Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial could start on the same day as Joe Biden’s inauguration
  • The timeline and timing of the trial is largely set by Senate procedures
  • House of Representatives indicted Trump on Wednesday on a single count, inciting insurrection

The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump could begin at 1 p.m. next Wednesday, the same day that President-elect Joe Biden will take office, according to a schedule of Senate proceedings obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

It is the possible timetable if the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, sends the articles to be considered to carry out the impeachment soon to the upper house.

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The House of Representatives charged Trump on Wednesday with a single count, inciting insurrection, after the deadly assault on Capitol Hill last week by supporters of the president.

The attack has left the nation’s capital, and other cities in the capital, under high security amid threats of more violence surrounding the inauguration.

He is the only president in American history who has been indicted twice.

Pelosi, a California Democrat, has not said when she will send the indictment to the Senate.

Some Democrats have suggested waiting for Biden to have time to take office and start working on his priorities.

Biden has said that the Senate could split its time between impeachment, confirming his cabinet nominees and working on addressing COVID-19 and other issues.

The impeachment will be the first for a president who is no longer in office. And politically, it will force a reckoning among some Republicans who have supported Trump during his presidency and have largely allowed him to spread false attacks on the integrity of the 2020 election.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is open to considering impeachment, having told associates he is done with Trump, but has not indicated how he would vote.

Trump’s calling for a second trial will be one of his last acts as Majority Leader, as two new Georgia senators, both Democrats, will take office leaving the house split 50-50. That tips the majority toward Democrats once Kamala Harris takes office, as the vice president is a tiebreaker.

In a note to his colleagues Wednesday, McConnell said he had “not made a final decision on how I will vote” in an impeachment trial in the Senate.

With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 Wednesday to impeach Trump.

The process proceeded at lightning speed, with lawmakers voting just a week after violent Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, prompted by the president’s calls to “fight like hell” against the election results.

Ten Republicans fled Trump, joining Democrats who said he needed to be held accountable and ominously warned of a “clear and present danger” if Congress left him unchecked before Democrat Joe Biden took office on January 20. It was the most bipartisan presidential impeachment at times, more so than against Bill Clinton in 1998.

The Capitol uprising stunned and infuriated lawmakers, who were sent to fight for security as the mob descended, and revealed the fragility of the nation’s history of peaceful transfers of power.

Pelosi invoked Abraham Lincoln and the Bible, imploring lawmakers to keep their oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign “and domestic.”

She said of Trump: “He must go, he is a clear and present danger to the nation we all love.”

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