Managers from the House of Representatives plan to deliver a single article of impeachment to the Senate on Jan. 25. This would normally trigger an immediate start to former president Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial, but a deal between Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delays the start until Feb. 9.
House impeachment managers include Reps. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.), Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) and Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands).
Some Democrats, including Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), worried an unprecedented second Senate impeachment trial could stand in the way of President Biden’s priorities at the beginning of his term amid an economic crisis and the coronavirus pandemic.
Senators on both sides of the aisle have said this could be a shorter trial than Trump’s first.
Former President Donald Trump on Sunday announced the legal team that will handle his second impeachment trial in the Senate.
The announcement that lawyers David Schoen and Bruce Castor will lead Trump's defense team came after a "mutual decision" to part ways with two South Carolina lawyers, Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, who had been expected to represent him.
A third lawyer, Joshua Howard, also left the defense team.
Pence plans to form fundraising group as he moves beyond Trump, Capitol riot Castor is the former Pennsylvania district attorney who declined to prosecute Bill Cosby in 2005 over an encounter with Andrea Constand the year before. Cosby was convicted of sexually assaulting Constand in 2018 after a different prosecutor pursued the case.
Schoen is a civil and criminal defense lawyer with offices in Alabama and New York.
The House delivered its article of impeachment to the Senate last week, charging Trump with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The impeachment trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 9.
In a statement, Trump's office said Schoen had already been preparing with other advisers and that both lawyers believe the impeachment is unconstitutional.
The statement noted that 45 Republican senators voted Tuesday to back that assertion. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has said Trump must be held accountable for encouraging the riot, calling it "the most despicable thing any president has ever done."
Democrats made a push for witnesses central to President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial. But not this time.
Senate Democrats are making it clear they’re taking a different approach than they did for Trump’s infamous Ukraine call. Now, they say their experience as witnesses to the Jan. 6 insurrection is enough.
“This is based on a public crime,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). “His intent was unhidden and so I think there’s a danger as there always is for a trial lawyer and prosecutor to over-try, to add more witnesses that prove the obvious.”
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) compared the situations this way: “Imagine if the Ukraine call were streamed on the Internet." And given how dug in most members of both parties are, he observed: "It’s not clear to me that there is any evidence that will change anyone’s mind.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are still haggling over how to organize the trial, so it's not even certain whether the Senate will vote on the witness question at all, or if someone will force one at the start of the trial.
But for the moment, the trial is not expected to last more than a week, though that could change if witnesses are brought in. Some Senate Democrats have called for a prompt trial, citing other priorities like coronavirus relief and the extreme unlikelihood that 17 Republicans will join them in convicting Trump. Meanwhile, most Republicans are coalescing around the argument that impeaching a former president is unconstitutional.
“Both sides would kind of like to wrap it up fairly quickly,” said Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.). “If they want to call witnesses, that prolongs it for sure. And I think you’re talking about pushing into the next week, the week after that perhaps, because then both sides will have that option available to them.”
The Senate has voted to confirm that the Senate impeachment trial of former President Trump is constitutional, even after he has left office. NBC's Andrea Mitchell discusses the arguments that were presented by both sides.
The Senate on Tuesday began the historic second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump a month after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
The House of Representatives voted on Jan. 13 to impeach Trump for incitement of insurrection with just a week left in his term, charging that he caused the riot that endangered hundreds of lawmakers and left five people dead, including a police officer.