According to The Hill, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel are working to reach an agreement on holding the impeachment trial, scheduled to begin Feb. 9 (now local).
It is worth noting that senators signaled that they wanted to get to the trial quickly, most likely in less than a week. Democrats, while continuing to argue that the trial is necessary, are now looking to focus their political energy on efforts to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I can’t imagine the trial will last more than a week,” Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer said. “I don’t think there are many people who are enthusiastic about it.”
Sen. Chris Murphe of the Democratic Party, when asked about the timing of the trial, said: “I don’t think it needs to take more than a week. A few days on each side is enough ”
Senator Tom Carper (Democrat), a close ally of President Joe Biden also said the trial should last “a few days”. “The trial doesn’t have to last months or weeks. Just by day. And then we can go back and put the government’s team in position, ”said Carper.
The agreement the Senate majority and minority leader is discussing sets a timeframe for the first phase of the impeachment trial, including opening up debate between the handling team, The Hill said. impeachment of the House of Representatives and Mr Trump’s group of defense lawyers.
If the Senate does not vote for witnesses, the trial could quickly come to an end with MPs discussing the allegations, concluding debate and then a vote on whether to end. guilty of Mr. Trump or not.
The impeachment team in the House of Representatives invited former President Trump to testify, but the request was denied by his lawyers. Democrats have not said yet if they have asked for more witnesses.
The first impeachment trial, which took place during the presidency of Trump, lasted 21 days, marking the shortest impeachment trial in history. Before that, the impeachment trial of President Clinton lasted 37 days, and the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson in 1868 lasted to 83 days.
Structurally, the upcoming trial will be different, allowing it to be accelerated. Before the trial, the Senate was sworn in as a jury and Senator Patrick Leahy (Democrat) sworn in as presiding over the trial.
Republicans also have to vote for only one vote – on the question of whether the trial is constitutional – even though Republicans have warned they could force a similar vote. to protest when the trial goes on.
And while attempts to delay the Republican trial could add up to the early days of Mr. Biden’s presidency, the top members involved in the trial just want to bring the case to a quick close.
“We know Democrats are saying they don’t want to delay [phiên tòa]. Most of them want to put effort into other things … So it seems that both parties are interested in a brief trial, “said John Thune, number two in the US Senate, implying that Congress has The trial can be completed in the first week.
Under the rules packages for Trump’s impeachment trial in 2020, both parties have 24 hours to present the case. The senators then have 2 days to ask questions.
Sen. McConnnel, then the leader of the majority faction, initially planned two days for each party to open debates, but ended up having to stop because the two sides were too tense to face them.
This time, if the House of Representatives impeachment team or Trump’s legal team wants to use the full time allowed, it could lead to sessions lasting up to 12 hours.
In case the Senate enforces a similar agreement with this impeachment hearing, the trial will last at least 8 days.
The impeachment trial on February 9 is the second with former President Trump, making him the only president in US history to be impeached twice. This is also the first time an impeachment court has tried a former president and the first time the Chief Justice has not presided over the impeachment proceedings for the US president.