Donald Trump’s Senate trial delayed until next month

Senate trial delayed until next month
House Democrats will send the charge of "inciting insurrection" to the Senate on Monday. Source: GETTY IMAGES
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Daily US Times: The Senate trial of the second impeachment of Donald Trump, who left the White House in January 20, will begin next month under an agreement reached between Senate Republicans and Democrats.

House Democrats will send the charge of “inciting insurrection” to the Senate on Monday.

But arguments will not begin until the week of February 8, allowing Donald Trump’s lawyers two weeks to build a defense.

Democrats accuse the Mr Trump of instigating the deadly January 6 riot at the US Capitol.

Last week, the House paved the way for the Senate proceedings by charging the ex-president with inciting the violence, which left five people dead.

His Senate trial will begin almost exactly a year after the Senate acquitted him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. That case related to accusations that Mr Trump pressured Ukraine to help smear Joe Biden and his son.

Mr Trump’s term in office ended on Wednesday and he left Washington, snubbing Joe Biden’s inauguration.

His speech to a rally ahead of the Capitol riot are at the heart of the article of impeachment against him. The then-president told his supporters near the White House to “peacefully and patriotically” make their voices heard as they prepared to march towards the US Capitol building, which houses the US Congress.
Mr Trump also told them to “fight like hell”.

On Friday, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said that the House would deliver the impeachment article – or charge – on Monday.

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