Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has announced that Former U.S. President, Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial will begin Feb. 8 on charges that he incited the “awful” attack on the U.S. Capitol which led to the death of a police officer and four others dead earlier this month,.
Schumer, who replaced Mitch McConnell as Senate leader this week after the Democratic party gained majority seats following the Georgia Senate runoffs early this month said the House will formally transmit the article of impeachment against Trump next week Monday.
Senators will then be sworn in for the trial on Tuesday before the chamber puts the high-stakes matter on hold until the week of Feb. 8, Schumer said.
“The Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol incited by Donald J. Trump was a day none of us will ever forget,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.
“We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us, but healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability, and that is what this trial will provide.”
Schumer laid out the schedule after negotiations with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
McConnell initially proposed a Feb. 22 start date for Trump’s trial to allow his legal team prepare well for the trial.
Trump is the only president in American history to be impeached twice and he is also the only president to face an impeachment trial after he’s out of office.
The Senate has never voted to convict a president before, so Trump could make history again at his forthcoming trial.