This will be done at the request of Trump’s attorney David Schoen
The Senate impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump will be recessed from Friday evening to Saturday evening at the request of one of Trump’s Sabbath-observing lawyers.
Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, made the announcement Sunday.
“We respect that request and will certainly grant it,” Goodman said.
Trump’s lawyer, David Schoen, sent a letter Tuesday to Schumer and other top senators asking them to suspend impeachment proceedings during the Sabbath, which begins at sunset on Friday and ends at sunset on Saturday.
The one-day pause raises questions about how long the proceedings, which are scheduled to begin in the Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 9, will last, with no Senate meetings currently scheduled for the week of Feb. 15-21.
While Democrats and Republicans say they hope to conclude the proceedings quickly, President Joe Biden also wants to get his Senate nominees to approve and pass a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.
Goodman said Sunday that discussions about the structure of the proceedings are ongoing.
Trump became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. In January, the House of Representatives accused him of inciting sedition during the Capitol riots.
Trump’s lawyers and most Republican senators are challenging the constitutionality of the proceedings. According to them, the Senate has no authority to hear the case because Trump has left office and cannot be removed.
For Trump to be found guilty, two-thirds of 100 senators must support the decision, which means that all 50 Democrats must be joined by 17 of their Republican colleagues.