The Senate leaders have decided on Monday that former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial will start this week. If needed by the House the impeachment managers and Trump’s legal team have to present their cases and to argue and vote to call witnesses. They have been given 16 hours each.
The rules of the trials are made in agreement with the House managers, Trump’s lawyers, and also the Senate Republicans, and Democrats as announced on Monday by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. He said, “The Structure we have agreed to is eminently fair. It will allow for the trial to achieve its purpose: truth and accountability.”
There will be voting on the rules on Thursday by the Senate and it is anticipated that there will be a majority vote for it. The trial will begin with a debate on the legitimacy of the proceedings which will last for four hours. After this, there will be a vote.
The pretrial legal briefs of both the House managers and Trump’s lawyers were delivered on Monday before the trial. These briefs were nothing but the expected arguments that will be given in the coming trial.
The trial will first begin with the presentation of the House managers on Wednesday which will last for two days with a total of 16 hours. The same time will be given to Trump’s lawyers to present their case. Then the presiding judge will read the written questions of the senators to both teams. Trump’s attorney David Schoen, had requested no trial to be held through the sabbath but later withdrew his requests.