Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday that the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump will be delayed two weeks, as requested by Republicans. Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had asked for the delay to allow the former president's lawyers an opportunity to prepare his legal defense.
The new timeline now dictates that the formal delivery of the House's article of impeachment will take place Monday evening, with the trial officially beginning the week of February 8.
While McConnell celebrated the delay as a victory for "due process and fairness," Schumer said holding off two weeks would provide an opportunity to first focus on confirming President Biden's cabinet appointees and providing COVID-19 relief to Americans.
But Schumer remained adamant that a trial would take place, arguing that national healing could not occur until it was held.
"We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation's history behind us," Schumer said. "But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability. And that is what this trial will provide."
President Biden continued distancing himself from the impeachment issue, saying he had no objections to the delay.