Chuck Schumer says Trump impeachment article going to Senate on Monday

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will send a single article of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, clearing the way for his trial to start next week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

“Make no mistake, a trial will be held in the United States Senate and there will be a vote whether to convict the president,” Schumer (D-NY) said from the chamber floor Friday morning.

“I’ve spoken to Speaker Pelosi, who informed me that the articles will be delivered to the Senate on Monday,” Schumer said.

The Senate is constitutionally required to begin Trump’s impeachment trial at 1 p.m. the day after the article is transmitted.

The Democrat-controlled House impeached Trump for the second time on Jan. 13 on the charge that he incited the mob which attacked the US Capitol in a siege that left five people dead.

On Thursday evening, Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, proposed delaying the impeachment trial until mid-February, giving the former president’s legal team time to mount a defense.

McConnell’s plan would have seen the impeachment article presented to the upper chamber on Jan. 28 but on Friday Schumer announced Democrats were pulling the trigger and clearing the way for proceedings in the upper chamber next week.

On Friday, McConnell, the minority leader, warned against a rushed trial.

Even some Democrats had pushed to delay the trial to avoid detracting from President Biden’s legislative agenda and create delays as he tries to confirm his Cabinet appointees.

“This impeachment began with an unprecedentedly fast and minimal process over in the House,” McConnell said.

Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives sign the documents during an engrossment cerermony after voteing to impeach Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the looting last Wednesday, on January 13 in Washington, DC.Coronavirus Pandemic 2021 Senate Democrats in the Majority

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