Senate Impeachment Trial to Start in Early February

Headline Roundup January 22nd, 2021

The House of Representatives will transmit an article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, and the formal trial will begin in the Senate the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday. His announcement of the article's transmission initially appeared to be a denial of Republicans' requests to delay the trial, but he later explained that the Senate would pause the trial until early February once transmitting the impeachment article Monday.

The news was often framed as benefitting both parties by media outlets across the spectrum. Some framed it as a win for the Biden administration based on the extra time it would have to settle in and confirm Cabinet members before a polarizing impeachment trial; others framed it as a win for the GOP, which had originally wanted to delay the trial by several weeks. Some coverage from right-rated sources also focused on President Joe Biden's apparent approval of the delay. Updated 1/22/21 at 6:58 p.m. ET with trial's start date.

Senate Impeachment Trial to Start in Early February

From the Left

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed to a two-week delay of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, allowing the chamber to handle President Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominations in the meantime.

The timeline was sought by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who argued that the ex-president’s legal team should be given sufficient time to prepare for the trial.

The House will send the impeachment article, which charges Trump with inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, on Monday night, and senators will be sworn in on Tuesday.

The House managers...

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From the Center

The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump will begin next month after an agreement reached between Senate Democrats and Republicans.

House Democrats will send the impeachment article of "inciting insurrection" to the Senate on Monday.

Arguments will not begin until the week of 8 February, allowing Mr Trump's lawyers two weeks to build a defence.

Democrats accuse the ex-president of instigating the deadly 6 January riot at the US Capitol.

The House of Representatives last week charged Mr Trump with inciting the Capitol violence, paving the way for a Senate...

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From the Right

President Biden did not appear to object to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's request to delay former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

“The more time we have to get up and running to meet these crises, the better," Biden told reporters on Friday at the White House.

After signing two coronavirus economic relief executive orders, Biden said he "hasn't heard the details" of McConnell's proposal to push Trump's trial to mid-February after the House sends the Senate its impeachment article on Monday. The article charges Trump with inciting the Jan....

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