The U.S. Senate will pause former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial from Friday evening to Saturday evening, a spokesman for Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday.
The decision to pause proceedings honors a request by Trump attorney David Schoen, who observes the Jewish Sabbath.
The one-day delay raises questions about how long it will take to finish the trial, which is set to begin in the Senate on Tuesday. The Senate is not currently scheduled to be in session during the week of February 15th.
Trump was impeached last month by the House on one charge of inciting insurrection during a fiery speech in which he urged his followers to fight his election defeat.
"You'll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong." FLASH "We will never give up. We will never concede when there is theft involved. FLASH "And after this, we're gonna walk down - and I'll be there with you - we're gonna walk down to the Capitol."
His supporters then stormed the Capitol, clashed with police, and sent lawmakers and the vice president to flee for safety. Five died including a Capitol police officer.
Trump's attorneys this week rejected the impeachment charge, contending that he "fully and faithfully executed his duties as president.” They claim the Senate does not have the authority to hear the case because Trump has already left office and cannot be removed. Many constitutional scholars disagree.
Attorney Bradley P. Moss is a specialist in national security and the deputy executive director of the James Madison Project.
"The fact that he let them loose and set them upon the Capitol prevent it is why the House managers made the articles of impeachment so narrow: because it goes to that basic concept: you let them loose to stop the process which is what is required by the Constitution, and which was his duty, his oath, as the president, to ensure was faithfully executed."
A two-thirds majority of the 100-member Senate would have to support the charge to convict Trump, meaning 17 Republicans would need to join all 50 Democrats in backing it.