Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the House’s Impeachment article against former President Donald Trump will be delivered to the Senate on Monday.
According to CNN, this will kick off the Senate’s impeachment trial against the now-former President.
“I have spoken to Speaker Pelosi, who informed me that the articles will be delivered to the Senate on Monday,” Schumer explained on the Senate floor.
If everything goes smoothly with the House’s transmission of the impeachment article on Monday, the Senate trial will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, unless the Senate reaches an alternative agreement that would push back the trial itself.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had already tried to propose pushing the trial until mid-February to give Trump and his legal team time to prepare.
That proposed delay would allow the ceremonial functions next week but would grant two weeks for pre-trial briefs to be filed by the House and Trump’s lawyers.
Senate Republicans have been critical of the impeachment efforts against a former President, claiming it was unconstitutional.
On Friday, Mitch McConnell said that the Senate should give Trump a “full and fair process” and the time he needs to mount his impeachment defense.
“The Senate will conduct a trial of the impeachment of Donald Trump,” Sen. Schumer said. “It will be a full trial. It will be a fair trial. But make no mistake, there will be a trial, and when that trial ends, senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John Trump incited the insurrection against the United States.”