Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced that the second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump will begin during the week of February 8. Schumer made the announcement from the Senate floor on Friday.
“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.
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This announcement comes after the House of Representatives issued one article of impeachment for the former President in connection to the Capitol Hill riots. Under an agreement between Schumer and Sen. Mitch McConnell, the article will be read from the Senate floor on January 25 at 7 p.m. Afterward, the House’s pre-trial brief and Donald Trump’s response to the article will be due by February 2. From there, Trump will have one week to put together a pre-trial brief and the House can issue a pre-trial rebuttal.
If everything runs on schedule, the trial can begin on February 9.