Washington — The Senate is voting Tuesday on the affirmation of Antony Blinken as Secretary of State earlier than convening later within the day as a court of impeachment.
The House impeached Mr. Trump on January 13 — for a second time in his time period — on a cost of inciting an insurrection following a lethal assault by his supporters on the U.S. Capitol. The to the Senate on Monday, and House impeachment managers introduced, exhibited and learn it aloud.
On Tuesday, senators will likely be sworn in as members of the impeachment court. The impeachment managers and the president’s protection crew will draft their briefs for trial, which is ready to start the week of February 8.
In a change from Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial final yr, Senator Pat Leahy of Vermont, the Senate professional tempore, will preside over the trial as a substitute of Chief Justice John Roberts. Roberts presided over Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial as designated by the Constitution. But the Constitution is silent on the query of who presides over the Senate trial of a former president, and a former president has by no means confronted an impeachment trial.