‘There will be a trial’: Trump impeachment articles to be delivered to Senate on Monday, says Schumer

‘There will be a trial’: Trump impeachment articles to be delivered to Senate on Monday, says Schumer


‘There will be a trial’: Trump impeachment articles to be delivered to Senate on Monday, says Schumer

‘There will be a trial’: Trump impeachment articles to be delivered to Senate on Monday, says Schumer

Democrats will deliver Donald Trump’s articles of impeachment to the Senate on Monday – opening the way for a trial of the former president to start as early as next week.

Speaking on the Senate floor on Friday, the new majority leader Chuck Schumer said House speaker Nancy Pelosi had said she would be passing on the articles of impeachment for Mr Trump to to the upper chamber of Congress on Monday.

“Make no mistake: a trial will be held in the United States Senate, and there will be a vote on whether to convict,” he said.

Earlier this month, Mr Trump was impeached for a second time in the House of Representatives, which charging him with “incitement of insurrection”, following a speech to supporters, just hours before hundreds of them stormed the US Capitol as a joint session of Congress voted to affirm the electoral college votes of Joe Biden.

Mr Trump was the fist president to be twice impeached by the House. No president has been convicted by the Senate.

There had been discussion about whether Democrats would be wise to make a priority of pursuing the Senate trial of Mr Trump given Mr Biden’s attempt to present himself as someone seeking to lower the political rhetoric in Washington DC and work with members of both parties.

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The party is aware that going after Mr Trump would help him rally support among his base.

For his part, the Republican leader in the Democrat-controlled Senate, Mitch McConnell has been seeking to delay the trial of Mr Trump, claiming he needs more time to prepare his defence, and decide whether he wants to appear in person.

Yet on Friday, Mr Schumer delivered a very clear signal that Democrats intend to push ahead with the impeachment trial, adamant that Mr Trump be held accountable for what they saw as his role in inciting the action, and falsely persuading millions of his supporters that the election was rigged.

There is no evidence of electoral fraud of malpractice but a large portion of Republicans believe Mr Biden stole the election from them.


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