President Joe Biden says that former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial “has to happen” “The Senate has changed since I was there, but it hasn’t changed that much,” Biden said. Comments from Biden came the same night that the House officially triggered the start of the second impeachment trial for Trump.
During Biden’s early days in office, the trial loomed large as he sought to strike an uncomfortable balance between supporting the trial and pushing a message of unity. It is expected that the Senate’s longest-serving Democrat will preside over the trial, which could take up a portion of February. Trump, the first president in history to be impeached twice, is the first to be charged twice in US history with impeachment twice, making him the second to be tried twice.
In the Democrats’ impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts will not be presiding. Instead, it is expected that Sen. Patrick Leahy, the president pro tempore of the Senate, will preside, the sources said. The Constitution says the chief justice presides when the current president is the person facing trial.