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United States/Canadian-Media: Rejecting Republicans' proposal to push the impeachment trial of the former U.S. president Donald Trump to mid-February to give Trump more time to prepare his case, U.S, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to launch the start of the trial on a charge of incitement of insurrection over the deadly Capitol riot by sending the article of impeachment against Trump to the U.S. Senate on Monday, announced Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.
Impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Image credit: Wikipedia
Trump is the first president to be twice impeached and the first to face a trial after leaving office.
But while the trial proceedings would start with the transmission of the article, uncertainty regarding the schedule prevails as the Senate now in Democratic control, is also working to swiftly confirm President Joe Biden's cabinet nominees and tackle the new administration's legislative priorities.
But Schumer said he is also speaking to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell about the "timing and duration" of the proceedings ahead.
House Democrats who voted to impeach Trump last week for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot said that they want to move quickly to trial as Biden begins his term.
Support of at least 17 Republicans are needed by the Democrats to necessitate Trump's conviction but while most Republican senators condemned Trump's actions that day, only a few are ready to convict.
Other Republicans had suggested that there should be no trial at all and not chose "vindictiveness" over national security as Biden attempts to set up his government.
House Democrats who voted to impeach Trump last week for inciting the deadly riots say they can move quickly through the trial, potentially with no witnesses, because most of them were witnesses to the insurrection.
The timing and details of the Senate trial eventually rest on negotiations between Schumer and McConnell, who are also in talks over a power-sharing agreement for the Senate.
Although some democrats were in favor of a trial delay to give the Senate more time to confirm Biden's Cabinet nominees, Pelosi said Thursday that it would be "harmful to unity" to forget that "people died here on Jan. 6, [during] the attempt to undermine our election, to undermine our democracy, to dishonor our Constitution.
"This year, the whole world bore witness to the president's incitement," she said.