Trump’s impeachment trial to start Feb. 8 –
Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer has announced that Trump’s impeachment trial will begin on February 8
Schumer explained the timing of the proceedings Friday night on the Senate floor.
House impeachment managers will come to the Senate to read the single article of impeachment at 7 p.m.
on Monday, January 25. Senators will be sworn in as members of the impeachment court the following day,
on Tuesday, January 26.
Then both the House impeachment managers and the president’s defense team will have a period of time to
draft their legal briefs, during which time the Senate will continue with other work. Presentation by both sides
will begin the week of February 8.
“The January 6th insurrection at the Capitol incited by Donald J. Trump was a day none of us will ever forget. We
all want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us. But healing and unity will only come if there
is truth and accountability, and that is what this trial will provide,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Friday
Trump, hasn’t been seen in public since he left the White House before Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.
The Senate can vote to bar him from ever holding or running for public office again if it first convicts him of the
impeachment article charging him with “incitement of insurrection.”
Conviction requires a two-thirds majority vote, meaning at least 17 Republican senators need to join the 50
Democrats to vote before Trump can be convicted.
Trump is the only president in American history to be impeached twice. Trump is also the only president to face
an impeachment trial after he’s out of office.
The Senate has never voted to convict a president before, so Trump could make history again at his forthcoming