Friday, January 22, 2021

McConnell proposes launching Trump impeachment trial in Senate after February 13 - TASS

McConnell proposes launching Trump impeachment trial in Senate after February 13

Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed a timeline for holding the impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump. 

According to the plan, the trial will go ahead in the Senate after February 13, the statement on McConnell’s website reads.

"I have sent a proposed timeline for the first phases of the upcoming impeachment trial to [Majority] Leader [Chuck] Schumer and look forward to continuing to discuss it with him," he noted, adding that the Republicans are hoping for a "full and fair process."

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  1. US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed beginning former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in February, his office said in a statement.

    The US House impeached Trump last week, charging him with inciting the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill. Trump has rejected the allegations, saying the speech he delivered before the protesters stormed Capitol Hill was "totally appropriate." Trump supporters were trying to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's election victory.

    "Leader McConnell has asked for [articles of impeachment delivery] to occur on Thursday, January 28. Former President Trump would have one week from that day to answer the articles of impeachment (February 4). The House's pre-trial brief would also be due then," McConnell's office said in a statement on Thursday. "The President would then have one week from the day he submits his answer to submit his pre-trial brief (February 11). That means former president Trump has fourteen total days from when we issue the summons to write his pre-trial brief. The House would also submit its replication on this date. The House would then have two days to submit their rebuttal pre-trial brief (February 13)."

    Several media outlets reported that Senator Lindsey Graham told Republican colleagues on a conference call that Trump has hired South Carolina attorney Butch Bowers to serve as his impeachment defense counsel.

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    1. Republicans in the US Senate are asking Democrats to delay the start of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial until February.

      They argue this will give Mr Trump time to prepare a defence. He is accused of inciting insurrection after supporters of his stormed the Capitol this month.

      House of Representatives' Democrats are ready to hand the charge to the Senate.

      Mr Trump flew to Florida as his term ended on Wednesday, skipping his successor Joe Biden's inauguration.

      On 6 January, the then president told protesters near the White House to "peacefully and patriotically" make their voices heard as they prepared to march towards the US Capitol building. He also told them to "fight like hell".
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