Donald Trump: Impeachment trial to be sent to US Senate next week

January 22, 2021

The impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump will be triggered next week when articles of impeachment are sent to the US Senate by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

It means that the Senate, the upper house of US law-making, can launch formal proceedings against Mr Trump on a charge of insurrection over the Capitol riots earlier in the month.

Chuck Schumer, the new Senate majority leader, announced the move on Friday, confirming: "There will be a trial".

Mr Trump was the first president to be impeached by the House of Representatives twice and will be the first to face a trial after his term in office.

If found guilty by the Senate, which is now controlled by the Democrats, Mr Trump will be unable to run for political office again, and lose access to other benefits - such as his pension and his travel allowance.

The leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, had previously said that the trial should be pushed back by a couple of weeks, to allow the former president to prepare his case.

He said: "Senate Republicans are strongly united behind the principle that the institution of the Senate, the office of the presidency, and former President Trump himself all deserve a full and fair process that respects his rights and the serious factual, legal, and constitutional questions at stake."

However, House Democrats have suggested that a full reckoning should take place, in order to allow the country, congress and Joe Biden to move forward.

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