The start date of the impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump in Congress will begin on February 8. This was announced by Chuck Schumer, the Democratic majority leader in the upper chamber.
“When [both sides’] statements are drafted, the parties will begin making their arguments in the week that begins Feb. 8,” Schumer named the date, speaking on the House floor.
Earlier, it was reported that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell suggested giving Trump two weeks to prepare for the process.
On January 14, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump over the recent unrest in Washington. The debate lasted more than seven hours. As many as 232 lawmakers voted in favor of impeachment for inciting riots, while 197 voted against. The past vote was the second attempt to remove Trump from office.
Democrats motivated their decision to impeach Trump by, among other things, the fact that he would not be able to run for president once the process is over. The practice of removing a state leader from office after the end of his term is being used in the U.S. for the first time.