Trump impeachment trial to open with sense of urgency, speed

Few witnesses expected to appear at trial
President Donald Trump
Posted at 6:48 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 06:48:38-05

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial is opening this week with a sense of urgency.

Democrats want to hold the former president accountable for the violent U.S. Capitol siege. And Republicans want it over as fast as possible.

It's scheduled to begin Tuesday, just over a month since the deadly Jan. 6 riot.

Senate leaders are still working out the details, but it appears there will be few witnesses, and Trump has declined a request to testify.

The House impeached him Jan. 13 on the charge of inciting insurrection.