Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday that the second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump will begin the week of February 8.
The trial date was set after Republican lawmakers requested more time to allow Trump’s lawyers to prepare for the newly sworn in members of the House.
“Leader McConnell is glad that Leader Schumer agreed to Republicans’ request for additional time during the pre-trial phase,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. “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. That goal has been achieved. This is a win for due process and fairness.”
Trump was impeached the week before he left office for allegedly inciting a deadly riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
If convicted on the charge, Trump will be barred from running for any public office again.