Schumer says Home will ship Trump’s impeachment article to the Senate on Monday
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shows a signed impeachment article against President Donald Trump in the US Capitol on January 13, 2021 in the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
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The House will submit the impeachment article against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday.
The action will start the process for the second trial the ex-president faced for high crimes and misdemeanors. While Trump has already left the White House, the Senate can vote to ban him from taking office again if it convicts him.
The House earlier this month accused Trump of instigating an anti-government riot by igniting a mob who overran the Capitol on Jan. 6.
According to Schumer, Senate Minority Chairman Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Raised concerns that Trump would not have enough time to build a defense. He asked the House to air the article on Thursday to ensure “a full and fair trial.”
Trump hired South Carolina attorney Butch Bowers to defend him during the trial. The nine impeachment managers who will represent the case of the House are Democratic Representatives Jamie Raskin from Maryland, Diana DeGette from Colorado, David Cicilline from Rhode Island, Joaquin Castro from Texas, Eric Swalwell and Ted Lieu from California, Stacey Plaskett, the delegates the US Virgin Islands, Madeleine Dean from Pennsylvania, and Joe Neguse from Colorado.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, who on Thursday wouldn’t say when her chamber would forward the article to the Senate, argued that managers didn’t need to prepare as much evidence for the second trial as they did for the first last year.
“This year the whole world witnessed the President’s instigation, the execution of his call to action and the violence that was used,” the California Democrat told reporters on Thursday.
Schumer said he spoke to McConnell about “when and how long the trial will take” but did not provide details of how long it would take. The Democratic leader wants to align the impeachment process with the confirmation of Biden cabinet members and the passage of a law to ease the coronavirus.
“The Senate must and will do all three,” he said on Friday.
The first trial against Trump last year for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress lasted about three weeks. The Republican-held Senate acquitted him.
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