(thepostmillennial)Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial will commence during the week of Feb. 8, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday, The Hill reports.
“Both the House managers and the defense will have a period of time to draft their legal briefs just as they did in previous trials. … Once the briefs are drafted, the presentation by the parties will commence the week of Feb. 8,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.
Earlier Friday, Schumer announced that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi would be submitting the article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate on Monday.
The article will be read at 7 p.m. Monday and a summons will be issued to Trump, as per an agreement between Schumer and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
Trump’s first impeachment trial lasted 21 days at the beginning of 2020, though neither Schumer or McConnell have commented on how long they believe the second trial should last.
A spokesperson for McConnell expressed that the set date for the trial is a victory for the Republicans, many of whom wanted to delay the trial until mid-February so all evidences could be properly prepared on both sides.
“Leader McConnell is glad that Leader Schumer agreed to Republicans’ request for additional time during the pre-trial phase. Especially given the fast and minimal process in the House, Republicans set out to ensure the Senate’s next steps will respect former President Trump’s rights and due process, the institution of the Senate, and the office of the presidency,” said Doug Andres, a spokesman for McConnell.
Donald Trump made history as the first President in US history to be impeached twice. Congress is now carrying forth with the unprecedented effort to hold an impeachment trial for a president who has already left office.