UPDATED 7:55 AM PT – Tuesday, January 26, 2020
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the Senate will hold a timely and fair impeachment trial for President Trump. He issued that promise while speaking on the Senate floor.
On Monday evening, the House sent over a single impeachment article charging President Trump with incitement of insurrection.
Democrat and Republican leaders have agreed to delay the trial for two weeks, until February 8, to give the President’s defense team time to prepare.
NEW: Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy is expected to preside over former Pres. Trump’s impeachment trial.
Constitution requires the SCOTUS chief justice to preside over a sitting president’s impeachment trial. There is no precedent for a former president.
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) January 26, 2021
Schumer said the process will continue despite some GOP lawmakers raising concerns about the constitutionality of the move.
“The theory that the Senate can’t try former officials would amount to a constitutional ‘get out of jail free card’ for any president who commits an impeachable offense,” he stated. “The trial is going to happen, it is certainly and clearly constitutional and if the former president is convicted, there will be a vote to disqualify him from future office.”
Meanwhile, Joe Biden said he does not believe there will be enough GOP support to vote to convict President Trump. Democrats would need 17 Republican senators in order to move forward.
I object to this unconstitutional sham of an “impeachment” trial and I will force a vote on whether the Senate can hold a trial of a private citizen.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 25, 2021