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Senate to start Trump impeachment trial week of Feb. 8

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The Senate will start with the opening arguments for Donald Trump's impeachment trial over the Capitol riot the week of Feb. 8, the first time a former president will face such charges after leaving office and the first one to be impeached twice.

Axar.az reports that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the schedule Friday evening after reaching an agreement with Republicans, who had pushed for a delay to give Trump a chance to organize his legal team and prepare a defense on the sole charge of incitement of insurrection.

The February start date also allows the Senate more time to confirm President Joe Biden's Cabinet nominations and consider his proposed $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, after recently rejoining the World Health Organization (WHO). The pandemic remains to be the top priority of the new White House agenda that could become stalled during trial proceedings.

"We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us," Schumer said about the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol siege by a mob of pro-Trump supporters.

"But healing and unity will only come if there are truth and accountability. And that is what this trial will provide."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will send the article of impeachment late Monday, with senators sworn in as jurors Tuesday. But opening arguments will move to February.

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2021.01.23 / 23:16
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