My1sttoday: Trump impeachment article sent to Senate on Monday. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday that the House will deliver its impeachment article against former President Trump to the Senate on Monday.
“Make no mistake, a trial will be held in the United States Senate and there will be a vote whether to convict the president. I’ve spoken to Speaker Pelosi, who informed me that the articles will be delivered to the Senate on Monday,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.
Under the rules for an impeachment trial, the article moving to the Senate triggers the start of the trial at 1 p.m. the following day, except for Sundays. But Schumer, in his floor speech, said he is having discussions with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) about the timing and length of the trial.
“I’ve been speaking to the Republican leader about the timing and duration of the trial,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.
Spokespeople for Schumer didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about if the trial would start on Tuesday.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Schumer’s No. 2, said during a separate interview with MSNBC that he didn’t believe a decision had been reached on timing, including if it would start on Tuesday.
But the announcement from Schumer rejects at least part of the request from McConnell, who wanted to wait until Jan. 28, next Thursday, for the article to be sent, and for the start of the trial to be delayed until February.
“Senate Republicans strongly believe we need a full and fair process where the former president can mount a defense and the Senate can properly consider the factual, legal and constitutional questions at stake,” McConnell said from the floor on Friday.