Republican leader Mitch McConnell proposes delay of Trump impeachment trial

a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the top Republican in Senate, leaves the chamber after Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new Democratic senators, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.© J. Scott Applewhite/AP Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the top Republican in Senate, leaves the chamber after Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new Democratic senators, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.

The delay is designed to give the still-emerging Trump legal team time to prepare.

“Senate Republicans are strongly united behind the principle that the institution of the Senate, the office of the presidency, and former President Trump himself all deserve a full and fair process that respects his rights and the serious factual, legal, and constitutional questions at stake,” McConnell said in a statement.

He wrote that his proposal includes a “modest and reasonable amount” of additional time for sides to prepare arguments — laying out a proposed timeline that the writ of summons would be filed Jan. 28, followed by a Trump response by Feb. 4 and a pretrial brief due from the former president by Feb. 11.

READ MORE HERE: Republican leader Mitch McConnell proposes delay of Trump impeachment trial (msn.com)

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