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New York : Impeachment trial against Donald Trump in the federal Senate could begin next Tuesday

New York :

Impeachment trial against Donald Trump in the federal Senate could begin next Tuesday

Former President Donald Trump is seen on his arrival in West Palm Beach, this Friday, the same day as the inauguration of his successor Joe Biden.

Photo: Giorgio Viera / EFE

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, announced this Friday that the president of the House of Representatives, also a Democrat Nancy pelosi, will send the article of impeachment to the former president to the Upper House on Monday Donald trump, with which the process will formally begin.

Trump, the first president in US history to be subjected to two political trials, will be on this occasion under the charge of “inciting insurrection” for the violent assault on the Capitol on January 6 of a mob of his followers, and that left five dead.

This means that Trump’s second impeachment trial could begin next Tuesday, the day after the delivery of the office against the former president, unless the Democrats and Republicans in the Senate reach a agreement to change that calendar.

“There will be a trial in the United States Senate and we will vote on whether to convict the former president. I have spoken with President Pelosi and she has informed me that the article will be delivered to the Senate on Monday, ”Schumer said in a speech to the plenary session of the Lower House.

First US president subjected to two impeachments

Trump, the first president in US history to be subjected to two “Impeachments”, faces on this occasion the charge of “inciting insurrection” for the violent assault on the Capitol on January 6 by a mob of his followers, which left five dead, including a policeman.

Although the trial can no longer result in the removal of Trump, who left the White House on Wednesday, Democrats are confident that the process will result in the former president’s disqualification from future political office.

Rules of impeachment

According to Senate rules, any impeachment must begin at 1:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. GMT) on the day following the moment the lower house sends the charge in question to the upper house, known as the impeachment article. .

However, the Senate has some flexibility to shape the schedule, and Schumer said Friday that he is negotiating on the issue with Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who proposed on Thursday to delay impeachment until February.

“I have been talking with the Republican leader about the timing and duration of the trial,” said Schumer, without giving further details.

Mitch McConnell calls for overtime

McConnell argued this Thursday that Trump needed time to prepare his defense, so he proposed that once the impeachment trial begins in the Senate, the former president be given a week to present his “response” to the charge against him, and another week to present your preparatory documents for the process.

McConnell’s proposal would imply that the substantial part of the trial would not begin until mid-February, but it is the Democrats who have the most power to decide on the format of the process, since they have a majority in the Senate, and they have not yet spoken on that subject.

“We cannot organize an insufficient process in the Senate that denies former President Trump his due process or that harms the Senate or the Presidency itself,” McConnell said Friday.

McConnell hopes to convince Democrats to agree to his proposal, arguing that giving Trump more time to prepare will also free the Senate more time to confirm the new president’s cabinet nominees. Joe biden.

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