Schumer promises quick but fair trial as Trump impeachment heads to Senate

Schumer promises quick but fair trial as Trump impeachment heads to Senate
Chuck Schumer, left, and Mitch McConnell, Senate leaders seen together in 2017. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The single article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump will on Monday evening be delivered to the Senate, where Chuck Schumer, Democratic majority leader, is promising a quick but fair trial.

In the week after 8 February, the Mr. Trump will face his second impeachment trial, this time on a charge of inciting the deadly riot at the US Capitol building on 6 January.

On Sunday, Schumer, from New York, said: “It will be a fair trial but it will move relatively quickly.”

He said the trial would not take up too much time because “we have so much else to do”.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will walk the article from the House, through the Capitol and to the Senate at 7pm ET, marking the formal start of the impeachment trial.

But there will be a two-week lull in proceedings, after Chuck Schumer and Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell reached an agreement on Friday.

Schumer said “During that period the Senate will continue to do other business for the American people, such as cabinet nominations and the Covid relief bill, which would provide relief for millions of Americans who are suffering during this pandemic.”

The delay will give legal teams of the both sides two more weeks to prepare. Speaker Pelosi has named the House managers who will prosecute Trump, led by Jamie Raskin, a representative from Maryland who is also a professor of constitutional law.

An attorney from South Carolina, Karl “Butch” Bowers, will lead Trump’s defense.

His most high-profile cases to date include defending a controversial Republican-backed transgender bathroom bill in North Carolina and representing a governor of his own state, Mark Sanford, when he faced impeachment.

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