The Latest: Trump's Trial Could Start On Inauguration Day

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WASHINGTON: The Latest on President Donald Trump’s impeachment and the fallout from the Jan. 6 attack of the Capitol by pro-Trump loyalists (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Democratic Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York says he has the coronavirus. He’s the latest House member to report testing positive since dozens of lawmakers huddled together for protection during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Espaillat says in a statement that he’s quarantining at home and will keep up his work representing his Upper Manhattan district.

At least three other House members have tested positive after a group of representatives fled to a secure location on Capitol Hill when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed and ransacked the Capitol.

Its not clear where and when lawmakers caught the virus. But the Capitols attending physician has told House members they might have been exposed to someone in the room who had the virus.



President Donald Trump is facing an impeachment trial in the Senate after he leaves office on Jan. 20, the day when Democrat Joe Biden is inaugurated as America’s 46th president. Trump was impeached on Wednesday, one week after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to fight like hell against election results and the Capitol became the target of a deadly siege. The FBI is warning that armed protests by violent Trump supporters are being planned in all 50 state capitals as well as in Washington for the days leading up to Biden’s inauguration.

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9:55 a.m.

President Donald Trumps impeachment trial could begin at 1 p.m. on Inauguration Day next Wednesday as President-elect Joe Biden is being sworn into office. Thats according to a a timeline of Senate procedure obtained by The Associated Press.

Its the possible schedule if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate soon.

Trump was impeached by the House on Wednesday on a single charge of incitement to insurrection after the deadly Capitol siege last week by a pro-Trump mob. Trump is the only president ever to be impeached twice.

Pelosi, D-Calif., hasnt said when shell send the impeachment charge to the Senate. Some Democrats have suggested holding back to allow Biden time to be inaugurated and to start working on his priorities first.

Biden has suggested the Senate could divide its time between the impeachment trial and confirming his Cabinet nominees and working on COVID-19 relief and other issues.

AP Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro.


12:15 a.m.

Only one president has ever been impeached twice in American history and that’s now Donald Trump.

The House took that step on Wednesday in the wake of the violent siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6 as Congress was affirming the election of Democrat Joe Biden as the nation’s 46th president.

Trump faced a single charge incitement of insurrection in the House vote after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to, as he put it, fight like hell against the election results.

Security was exceptionally tight at the Capitol for Wednesdays vote and was bolstered by armed National Guard troops. Secure perimeters were set up and metal-detector screenings required for lawmakers entering the House chamber. A handful of Republicans supported impeachment along with the Democrats.

The soonest that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell would start an impeachment trial is next Tuesday, the day before Trump is already set to leave the White House and the day when Biden is inaugurated. The legislation is also intended to prevent Trump from ever running again.

McConnell isn’t ruling out that he might eventually vote to convict Trump.


12:10 a.m.

Even though President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate wont happen until Trump is out of office, it could still have the effect of preventing him from running for president again.

If the Senate were to convict, lawmakers could then take a separate vote on whether to disqualify Trump from holding future office.

In the case of federal judges who were impeached and removed from office, the Senate has taken a second vote after conviction to determine whether to bar the person from ever holding federal office again.

Only a majority of senators would be needed to ban him from future office, unlike the two-thirds needed to convict.

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