The details of the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump are starting to come into focus. On Friday, it was revealed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that the trial will start on Feb. 8. Schumer finalized the decision after considering a request from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to push back the start of the proceedings in the Senate until at least the middle of February. McConnell pointed to the need for additional time to gather information and put together the arguments.

Details of the Upcoming Trial

The new timeline organized by Schumer means that the House will read the Article of Impeachment on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. The next day, the members of the Senate will be officially sworn in as jurors in the trial. The legal defense team representing Trump will have until Feb. 2 to respond to the article. Feb. 2 is also the day that the House will be required to submit the pre-trial brief outlining the case.

Trump’s team will have until Feb. 8 to submit their pre-trial brief. The House will only have one day to submit a rebuttal to the Trump brief. Once this has been put on the record, the trial in the Senate can begin in earnest.

Until the Trial Begins

The delay in the trial may actually benefit the Democrats because it will give them time to push through the legislation being touted by the administration of President Joe Biden. For example, now the Senate has a few weeks to confirm all of Biden’s Cabinet nominations. The administration will also use this time to try to pass its COVID-19 relief package.