Trump impeachment timeline: When is his trial?

PRESIDENT Donald Trump was impeached for the second time in January of 2020.

A Senate trial will follow after he leaves office.

What is the timeline of Trump's second impeachment?

  • January 6, 2021: A mob filled with Trump supporters, angry over his valid election loss, riot at the Capitol in Washington, DC, and trespass into the building. At least five people died as a result of the riot, and hundreds more were arrested.
  • January 8: President Trump is banned from Twitter and would be banned from other social media platforms.
  • January 11 – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduces a single article of impeachment charging Trump with "incitement to insurrection."
  • January 12 – Rumors have begun spreading suggesting that Trump could declare martial law in an attempt to overturn the election.
  • January 13 – The House votes to impeach Trump a second time, making him the first president in US history to be impeached twice.

When is Trump's impeachment trial?

Trump's impeachment trial is likely to start soon after Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.

The timing for the trial, the first of a president no longer in office, has not yet been set.

Democrats do not want the Senate trial to dominate the opening days of the Biden administration.

Many Democrats have pushed for an immediate impeachment trial to hold Trump accountable, but others have urged a slower pace as the Senate considers Biden’s Cabinet nominees and the newly Democratic-led Congress considers priorities such as the coronavirus plan.

Biden's incoming White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said the Senate can do both.

“The Senate can do its constitutional duty while continuing to conduct the business of the people," she said.

Psaki said that during Trump's first impeachment trial last year, the Senate continued to hold hearings each day.

“There is some precedent,” she said.

House impeachment managers say they will be making the case that Trump’s incendiary rhetoric hours before the bloody attack on the Capitol was not isolated, but rather part of an escalating campaign to overturn the November election.

When was Trump's first impeachment?

Trump was first impeached by the House in 2019 over his dealings with Ukraine, but the Senate voted in 2020 to acquit.

On December 18, 2019, action on impeachment was initiated when the House of Representatives approved articles of impeachment on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

They pointed to Trump pressuring Ukraine to investigate 2020 political rival Biden, while withholding as leverage military aid, as well as attempting to block a House investigation.

The Senate acquitted Trump of the charges on February 5, 2020.

Trump was the third US president to have been impeached by Congress – joining Andrew Jackson and Bill Clinton in the list – however no president has ever been removed from office through impeachment.

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