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Trump impeachment: Republicans seek delay until February

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Friday, 22 January 2021

Trump impeachment: Republicans seek delay until February

Republicans in the US Senate are asking Democrats to delay the start of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial until February.

They argue that this will give Mr Trump time to prepare a defence.

The House of Representatives last week charged Mr Trump with inciting a deadly riot at the US Capitol, paving the way for a Senate trial that could see him barred from holding public office.

The Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, is reviewing the request.

Some Democrats back a delay, saying it will give the Senate more time to confirm cabinet nominees, but others say a speedy trial is necessary to allow the country to move on.

Mr Trump flew to Florida as his term ended on Wednesday, skipping his successor Joe Biden's inauguration.

Mr Trump's actions ahead of the 6 January riot are at the heart of the case. The then president told protesters near the White House to "peacefully and patriotically" make their voices heard as they prepared to march towards the US Capitol building. He also told them to "fight like hell".

The demonstration turned ugly as a mob forced its way into the congressional complex where lawmakers were certifying Mr Biden's election victory.

Four protesters and a Capitol Police officer died in the mayhem.

Protesters supporting Donald Trump gather near the east front door of the US Capitol after groups breached the building's security on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC
image captionImages of the attack on the US Capitol sent shockwaves around the world

A week later, Mr Trump became the first US president to be impeached twice.

His trial in the Senate will be the only one ever to have taken place after a president has left office.