Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8, Senate Democratic leader says

 Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8, Senate Democratic leader says

Opening arguments in the second Senate impeachment trial of former U.S. president Donald Trump will begin the week of Feb. 8. Trump is charged with incitement of insurrection in relation to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that claimed the lives of five people.

Former U.S. president Donald Trump gestures as he and his wife, Melania, depart the White House to board Marine One ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden in Washington on Wednesday. Opening arguments in Trump’s latest impeachment trial are scheduled for the week of Feb. 8. (REUTERS)

Opening arguments in the second Senate impeachment trial of former U.S. president Donald Trump will begin the week of Feb. 8.

Trump is charged with incitement of insurrection in relation to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which claimed the lives of five people, including a Capitol police officer.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the schedule late Friday after reaching an agreement with Senate Republicans.

“The Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol incited by Donald Trump was a day none of us will ever forget,” Schumer said in the Senate.

“We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us. But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability, and that is what this trial will provide.”

Under the timeline, the House will transmit the impeachment article against Trump late Monday, with initial proceedings Tuesday.

From there, Trump’s legal team will have time to prepare the case before opening arguments begin in February.

Earlier Friday, Pelosi said her nine impeachment managers, or House prosecutors, are “ready to begin to make their case” against Trump.

Trump, who told his supporters to “fight like hell” just before they invaded the Capitol two weeks ago and stopped the electoral vote count, is the first president to be twice impeached and the first to face a trial after leaving office.

A mob marched down to the Capitol and rushed in on Jan. 6. Five people, including a Capitol police officer and

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