Updated: March 7, 2021
The second impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump will begin on February 9 on charges that he incited an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on Friday.
The attack on the U.S. Capitol left a police officer and four others dead. Another police officer committed suicide after the assault.
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Schumer announced the schedule after negotiations with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who had initially proposed February 22 for Trump’s trial to start.
President Biden had suggested that he favored McConnell’s approach. He spoke before Schumer made the announcement on Friday night.
“The more time we have to get up and running to meet these crises, the better,” Biden told reporters at the White House after making remarks and signing two executive order to boost the economic relief and protect workers.
Schumer said Americans will not forget the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, adding that healing and unity come if there is truth and accountability.
“The January 6 insurrection at the Capitol incited by Donald J. Trump was a day none of us will ever forget,” Schumer said on the floor of the Senate. “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.”
The Democrats will need 17 Republican senators to convict Trump and it is not clear whether they will have the vote. But, many Republicans nay want to get rid of Trump who has indicated that he may run again in 2024, and may join the Democrats in convicting and barring him from ever running for public office.
Earlier on Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Friday that the House Impeachment Managers will deliver the article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday, January 25.
The Speaker said impeachment managers “are ready to begin to make their case to 100 Senate jurors through the trial process.”
She said: “The article of impeachment for incitement of insurrection by Donald Trump will be delivered to the Senate on Monday, January 25.
“Our Constitution and our country are well served by the extraordinary leadership of Lead Manager Jamie Raskin, and Representatives Diana DeGette, David Cicilline, Joaquin Castro, Eric Swalwell, Ted Lieu, Stacey Plaskett, Madeleine Dean and Joe Neguse.
“We are respectful of the Senate’s constitutional power over the trial and always attentive to the fairness of the process, noting that the former president will have had the same amount of time to prepare for trial as our Managers. Our Managers are ready to begin to make their case to 100 Senate jurors through the trial process.
“Exactly one week after the attack on the Capitol to undermine the integrity of our democracy, a bipartisan vote of the House of Representatives passed the article of impeachment, which is our solemn duty to deliver to the Senate.”
The constitution requires that the trial starts at 1 p.m. the day after the article of impeachment is transmitted from the House to the Senate.