Donald Trump’s indictment for “incitement to insurgency” will be sent to the Senate on Monday, Democratic leader of the upper house Chuck Schumer said on Friday. The head of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi “informed me that the indictment would be sent to the Senate on Monday,” he said in the hemicycle.
Friday afternoon, he provided details: the trial will begin in the Senate the week of February 8. A compromise for a two-week postponement was found in order to give Donald Trump’s defense time to prepare, and the Senate to confirm Joe Biden’s cabinet.
A second procedure in two years
The Republican billionaire is accused of having encouraged his supporters to launch an assault on the Capitol on January 6, when the elected representatives of Congress certified the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential election.
To remove a president, you need a two-thirds majority, or 67 senators. Donald Trump would therefore have to be released by 17 Republicans. If this were the case, a second vote (this one by simple majority) could render Donald Trump ineligible.