İrem UZUN -TDO- Donald Trump's impeachment trial will start on 8 February, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said. Articles of impeachment will be sent by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday, meaning the upper house can launch formal proceedings against Trump on a charge of insurrection over the U.S. Capitol riots of 6 January.
Trump, the only president to be impeached twice, has been charged with “incitement of insurrection” after an attack on the Capitol by his supporters. Five people died as a result. The former president had called on his supporters at a rally in Washington, DC on January 6 to march on the Capitol as politicians met to certify Joe Biden’s election victory. “You’ll never take back your country with weakness,” Trump said. He added that “if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” while telling the crowd to give “the weak Republicans the kind of pride and boldness they need to take back our country”.
In order to convict Trump, Democrats need a two-thirds majority, meaning at least 17 Republicans would have to vote to convict Trump, assuming that all 50 Democrats do. Ten House Republicans joined with Democrats to impeach.