The US Senate will begin impeachment measures against former President Donald Trump in the week beginning February 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also announced.
Next Monday, the US House of Representatives will hand over to the Senate the article on the “trial” of the former president. Senators will be sworn in on trial next Tuesday, and the former president will have until February 2 to respond to the article.
The Democrat stressed that “the directors of Parliament and Defense will have a deadline to write their legal notes, as they did in previous trials.” “Once the notes are written, the parties will start presenting in the week of February 8,” he added.
“We all want to leave behind this terrible chapter in our nation’s history,” the senator admitted, calling for the impeachment as a mechanism capable of providing the “truth and responsibility” needed to achieve “healing and unity”.
The schedule is the result of a compromise with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who has proposed delaying the start of the process until February to give the former president time to prepare and review his case.
McConnell welcomed the news that Democrats had agreed to allow more time to defend Trump. “This is a victory for fair trial and justice,” said his spokesman Doug Andres.
“There will be a fair trial.”
Last week, the US House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for the second time in its term by “inciting rebellion” following the events that occurred on January 6 during the assault on the Capitol building, While Joe Biden was declared the winner.
There will be a full trial. Schumer previously wrote on his Twitter account that there will be a fair trial.
The legislator also made it clear that the “impeachment” would take place despite assurances from some Republicans who emphasized that this type of process could not be carried out after the president leaves office.
“Make no mistake, there will be a trial in the US Senate and there will be a vote to convict the president,” Schumer said after indicating that any argument “is not mistaken.”
The first President of the United States with two impeachments
With 232 votes in the House of Representatives in favor of trying Donald Trump, the outgoing president became the first president of the United States to face the measure twice.
197 deputies voted against this measure. At the same time, it should be noted that it was the most conclusive “impeachment measure” in the history of the US House of Representatives, with 10 Republicans now supporting the initiative.
(With information from RT)