The House is set to deliver articles of impeachment against the now-former President Trump to the Senate on Monday. Following this, the trial could start as soon as next week.
Senate rules for impeachment trials state that once the article moves to the Senate, the trial will begin at 1 p.m. the following day, excluding Sundays. Senate leaders, however, have not commented on whether the trial will begin Tuesday.
Leaders Schumer and McConnell have yet to reach an agreement on the timing of the trial. McConnell had requested a delay on the articles being sent until January 28, in the hopes that the trial would be delayed until February. Republicans in the Senate have urged a later trial, citing the need for a fair trial.
While some Senators believe the trial may still be delayed if Schumer and McConnell can reach an agreement, others warn that the trial will begin automatically. The impeachment articles being sent Monday would halt President Biden’s abilities to form his Cabinet, meaning the trial would need to start immediately.
This all follows the January 6 riots at the Capitol. The articles and impending trial have made Trump the first president in history to undergo impeachment twice.