HOUSE DELIVERS IMPEACHMENT ARTICLE VS TRUMP TO SENATE
The House impeachment managers formally triggered the start of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial Monday evening (Tuesday morning, January 26, 2021, in Manila), Jeremy Herb and Manu Raju reported for CNN.
They walked across the Capitol and read on the Senate floor the charge against Trump, the first US president in history to be impeached twice.
The House's transmission of the single impeachment article is the first of several ceremonial functions of the trial that will be completed this week, before the Senate will turn back to confirming President Biden's Cabinet and potentially taking up President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief package.
On Tuesday (Wednesday, January 27, 2021, in Manila), senators will be sworn in for the trial as jurors. Meanwhile, Trump's legal team and the House managers will have two weeks to exchange pre-trial briefs.
The schedule gives Trump's legal team time to prepare for the trial, after he only hired a lawyer, South Carolinian Butch Bowers, last week.
For Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Biden administration, the two-week break allows for more of Biden’s Cabinet members to be confirmed, as all other Senate business will stop once the trial gets underway, after Republicans rejected agreeing to split the Senate's days.
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