Democrats finally have all their pieces in place for their second effort to impeach Trump.
According to new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the trial will begin the week of February 8.
What Happening Now
According to the agreed-upon rules, Trump has until February 2 to respond to the article of impeachment and the House pre-trial brief.
The House will then have until February 9 to offer its rebuttal.
Schumer, in announcing the start date of the trial, stated, “Both the House managers and the defense will have a period of time to draft their legal briefs just as they did in previous trials. … Once the briefs are drafted, the presentation by the parties will commence the week of Feb. 8.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) office responded, “Leader McConnell is glad that Leader Schumer agreed to Republicans’ request for additional time during the pre-trial phase.
“Especially given the fast and minimal process in the House, Republicans set out to ensure the Senate’s next steps will respect former President Trump’s rights and due process, the institution of the Senate, and the office of the presidency.”
Even though there is support from some Republicans to impeach Trump, this is still going to be an uphill battle for Democrats.
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) believes this trial will be over far quicker than the first but with much the same outcome.
He stated, “We kind of have an inkling of what the outcome is going to be. I mean, Democrats this time didn’t even bother to go through the motions of getting sworn testimony and having hearings in the House. This is not a serious effort.”
That is a rather interesting statement in that Cornyn and McConnell are very close, so we can take from this that there does not seem to be enough support on the Republican side for this impeachment to pass.
Source: The Hill
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