The trial may start on Thursday (Picture: metro.co.uk)
Donald Trump’s impeachment trial could start as early as next week as Democrats look to charge him with ‘incitement of insurrection’ for his role in the Capitol riots.
The new leader of the Senate Chuck Schumer has said the House will deliver the articles of impeachment to the floor on Monday, officially triggering the trial process.
This means a trial to convict Mr Trump of impeachment could start as early as Thursday, a date proposed by Schumer himself.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi will kickstart proceedings by delivering the charge against Trump to the upper chamber of Congress on Monday.
Donald Trump left the White House for the last time as president on Wednesday, January 29 (Picture: AP)
Rioters stormed the Capitol on January 6 (Picture: Pacific Press/REX)
‘Make no mistake, a trial will be held in the United States Senate, and there will be a vote on whether to convict’, Schumer said.
It comes after, earlier this month, Mr Trump became the first president in history to be impeached for a second time after Democrats drew up a single article of impeachment, ‘incitement of insurrection’.
They accused him of encouraging the deadly riots at the US Capitol, which saw pro-Trump supporters storm the building as a joint session of Congress voted to affirm the electoral college votes for Joe Biden’s election win.
The rioters took action after attending a rally in which Trump told them to ‘walk down to the Capitol’ and added: ‘If you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.’ He then later refused to condemn the rioters in a video telling them to go home.
The process could last several months (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
Three people sadly lost their lives in the mayhem, including Capitol cop Brian Sicknick.
If the Senate finds Mr Trump guilty of the charges he could be barred from ever running for president again, as it is believed he plans to do in 2024. He could also lose his rights to receive a pension normally given to presidents after their time in office.
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