JANUARY 22, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has told him the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump will be delivered to the Senate Monday, triggering a second impeachment trial.
Mr. Schumer gave no details on how the trial will be conducted. “It will be a full trial; it will be a fair trial,” he said Friday.
The House voted last week to impeach Mr. Trump, alleging he incited a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, leaving five people dead.
Mr. Schumer’s remarks came after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) proposed Thursday that the article be sent over Jan. 28 and both impeachment managers and Mr. Trump’s defense team be given two weeks to complete pretrial briefs and responses.
Mr. McConnell and some other Republicans have said they are considering whether to vote to convict Mr. Trump during his second impeachment trial. A two-thirds supermajority is needed to convict in a presidential impeachment trial, meaning 17 Republicans would need to support conviction for it to succeed, if all Democrats also voted to convict.
Mr. Trump has told associates he has picked Butch Bowers, a South Carolina attorney, to represent him in the trial, according to a person familiar with the matter.