How Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial will unfold
February 8, 2021 - Donald Trump’s role in inciting the January 6 Capitol riot has led to the first ever impeachment trial of a former U.S. president. If he is found guilty he could be barred from future office.
Trump will be the first former president to face an impeachment trial in the Senate after leaving office. He is also the only U.S. president to be impeached twice.
Arguments in the Senate trial will begin the week of Feb. 8. Leaders in both parties agreed to the short delay to give Trump's team and House prosecutors time to prepare and the Senate the chance to confirm some of Biden’s Cabinet nominees.
At a rally on Jan 6, Trump encouraged a group of supporters to march toward the Capitol where lawmakers were preparing to certify the election results, telling them “you’ll never take back our country with weakness.”
Five people, including a police officer, died in the violence that erupted as Trump loyalists broke past police barriers, entered the Capitol and trashed congressional offices and meeting areas inside.
If the Senate votes to convict Trump, it would need to hold a second vote to bar him from holding office again.