The impeachment trial of Donald Trump is scheduled for 08 February 2021. The Senate received the indictment on Monday, January 25, and it is this Tuesday, January 26, 2021, in the morning, that the American senators will take the oath to be jurors. Former President Donald Trump thus becomes the first head of state in the history of the United States to be indicted twice by the House of Representatives.
The Democrats are determined to go all the way in the trial of the outgoing President. Donald Trump is being sued for calling for insurrection. “You will never take back our country by being weak,” he told his followers before they stormed the Capitol. In fact, this speech is cited in the indictment and in the phone call he made to the Secretary of State of Georgia asking him to find votes in his favour. This was even when the result was already certified in this state where Joe Biden won the presidential election in November 2020.
The trial itself will not actually begin until February 9. This will give both sides time to prepare. It is the Congress that determines the conditions under which the trial must take place. However, Joe Biden welcomed the consensus reached by both parties on Friday, January 11. “The more time we have to prepare, the better,” he told reporters.
If ever Donald Trump is found guilty, he would not be deposed since he has already left the White House, but he would become ineligible for future deadlines. However, the former President had the ambition to present once his candidacy for the 2024 Presidential election. The former American president chose lawyer Butch Bowers to defend himself. Specializing in electoral processes and ethics, Mr. Bowers is well known in Republican circles.
The trial will be conducted under high surveillance. Several elected officials have received death threats. For its part, the FBI is warning against possible demonstrations of supporters of Donald Trump in the coming weeks. As a result, the National Guard will remain in Washington until mid-March.