Opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial for Donald Trump on the charge of incitement of insurrection for the Capitol riot will begin the week of February 8.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the schedule Friday evening after reaching an agreement with Republicans, who had pushed to delay the trial to give Trump a chance to organize his legal team and prepare a defense.
"It will be a fair trial", Mr Schumer said, speaking on the floor of the Senate.
Schumer is in charge of the Senate, assuming the majority leader post after Democrats won two new Senate seats in Georgia and Vice-President Kamala Harris was sworn in Wednesday.
Trump last week became the first president in US history to be impeached twice, and when the Senate convenes for his trial will be the first president tried after leaving office.
McConnell spokesperson Doug Andres said the Kentucky Republican was "glad" Schumer agreed to their request to delay the trial.More news: Premier League clubs vote to implement radical solution to concussion issue
Schumer said the article of impeachment will be delivered and read out to the Senate on Monday at 7:00 pm (0000 GMT Tuesday).
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that the Senate should be able to move forward with both the trial and Biden's agenda, beginning with his call for $1.9 trillion of fresh COVID-19 assistance for Americans and the US economy.
Republicans were eager to delay the trial, putting distance between the shocking events of the siege and the votes that will test their loyalty to the former president who still commands voters' attention. Schumer and McConnell have also continued to discuss a power-sharing agreement, since the chamber is split evenly, and the framework for how a trial will operate.
On January 13, Trump was impeached by the House for allegedly inciting his loyalists to breach the Capitol building in Washington, DC, on January 6 to protest against the certification of the Electoral College, which would have confirmed Joe Biden as the victor of the 2020 presidential election. Trump is the only president in U.S. history to face impeachment twice.
With the Senate now comprised of 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, and a two-thirds majority needed to convict Mr Trump, at least 17 Republicans would have to vote against the former president to secure a conviction. While most Republican senators condemned Trump's actions that day, far fewer appear to be ready to convict.
A handful of Republicans have spoken out harshly against the president but it remained unclear if there would be enough GOP senators to vote for conviction.More news: England boss Eddie Jones isolating for 10-days
Graham also suggested Republicans will argue Trump's words on January 6 were not legally "incitement".
But most have said they believe a trial will be divisive and questioned the legality of trying a president after he has left office.
McConnell, who said this week that Trump "provoked" his supporters before the riot, has not said how he will vote.
The New York Democrat said he had a conversation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who told him she would send over the documents at the start of the week. "The sequel can not be an insufficient Senate process that denies former President Trump his due process or damages the Senate or the presidency itself".
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