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Senate to Begin Trump Trial Then Pause for Biden Confirmations

  • Bulk of impeachment trial won’t begin until week of Feb. 8
  • House delivers single article of impeachment, starting process
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House Delegation Delivered Impeachment Article to Senate

Senators will be sworn in as jurors in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial Tuesday and issue a summons to the former president. But they will then mostly set it aside for two weeks as they plow through confirmation votes on President Joe Biden’s cabinet and work on another pandemic relief plan.

The unprecedented trial ceremonially kicked off Monday night as a delegation of House Democrats who will act as prosecutors delivered the single article of impeachment to the Senate chamber. The substance of the trial, however, will wait until the week of Feb. 8, when briefs from House prosecutors and Trump’s defense team are due.