There are still many questions about the looming impeachment trial, including who will preside, how long the trial will go and whether any witnesses will be called.
The House impeachment managers will walk the article from the House to the Senate on Monday evening, and Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the lead impeachment manager, will read the article on the floor. On Tuesday, senators will be sworn in for the trial as jurors. Then there will be a two-week period for pre-trial briefs, and the trial itself will get underway the week of February 8.
“I think the trial is stupid, I think it’s counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country, it’s like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire,” Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“It was a dual attack on our capitol in a joint session of congress on the very day we were completing our constitutional obligation to certify the electors,” said Rep. Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, one of the nine Democratic House impeachment managers. “It is an extraordinarily heinous presidential crime, and we must move forward.”
“I believe that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offense. If not, what is?” Romney said of Trump’s actions inciting the pro-Trump mob that attacked the Capitol.
One of the questions surrounding the trial that could get resolved this week is who will preside over the trial. Chief Justice John Roberts presided over Trump’s trial last year, but he may not do so this time around now that Trump is a former president.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Senate Pro Tempore, said Sunday it’s a “real possibility” he will preside, and he’s been preparing in case he does have to take on that role.
“I can’t tell you how many hundreds of hours my staff and I have gone over the Constitution procedure, because it appears I may well be the one presiding over the trial,” Leahy said on MSNBC on Sunday.