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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is offering no clues on her plans to send President Donald Trump’s impeachment to the Senate for trial. But she made clear Friday that Democrats intend to move swiftly on Joe Biden’s legislative priorities, including funding for coronavirus vaccines and relief aid. Pelosi said Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan is a “matter of complete urgency." That suggests the bill could take precedence over Trump's second impeachment trial. But many Democrats have pushed for an immediate trial. The proceedings could begin by Inauguration Day if Pelosi sends the article to the Senate by early next week. 

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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After leading the second impeachment of President Donald Trump this week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Pelosi and House Democrats, joined by a few Republicans, delivered the historic rebuke of Trump for his incitement of the mob that attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Chuck Schumer is used to drinking from a firehose. But the incoming Senate majority leader has never taken on such a torrent of challenges, with the opening days of both the Biden administration and Democratic control of the Senate coming at the very moment an impeachment trial gets underway. Schumer is a 38-year veteran of Congress with one overriding mandate: Help Joe Biden become a successful president. To do so, he’ll have to leverage the narrowest possible majority — a 50-50 Senate with the incoming vice president, Kamala Harris, delivering the tiebreaking vote. It’s a tough assignment.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped nine of her most trusted allies in the House to argue the case for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. All of the Democrats are lawyers and many of them have deep experience investigating the president. They face the arduous task of convincing skeptical Senate Republicans to convict Trump. A single article of impeachment for “incitement of insurrection” was approved by the House on Wednesday, one week after a violent mob of Trump supporters invaded the Capitol. Lawmakers were counting the votes that cemented Trump’s election defeat at the time.  

Now that the House has impeached President Donald Trump for the second time, Speaker Nancy Pelosi must figure out the best strategy for arguing the case before the Senate. Senate rules say the trial must start soon after the chamber receives the article of impeachment, which cites “incitement of insurrection” after an angry mob of Trump’s supporters invaded the Capitol last week. But Pelosi has not said when the House will deliver it. If the House sends it to the Senate early next week, or before then, a trial could begin at 1 p.m. on Inauguration Day. The ceremony at the Capitol starts at noon.

For a second time, Republican senators face the choice of whether to convict President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial. While only one GOP senator, Utah’s Mitt Romney, voted to convict Trump last year, that number could increase as lawmakers consider whether to punish Trump for his role in inciting a deadly insurrection at the Capitol. Whatever they decide, Trump is likely to be gone from the White House when the verdict comes in. An impeachment trial is likely to start next week, possibly on Inauguration Day, raising the specter of the Senate trying the previous president even as it moves to confirm the incoming president’s Cabinet.

President-elect Joe Biden already faces the daunting task of steering a massive coronavirus relief bill through a closely divided Congress as the pandemic and its economic fallout grow. And now he’ll have to do it with President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial looming. While the timing for the trial depends on when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends the article of impeachment to the Senate, it could happen as soon as Inauguration Day. But even with a delay, the impeachment will create fresh complications for the president-elect. Biden faces the urgent task of getting his top Cabinet nominees confirmed and wants to get his COVID-19 relief bill passed by early February.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped nine of her most trusted allies in the House to argue the case for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. All of the Democrats are lawyers and many of them have deep experience investigating the president. They face the arduous task of convincing skeptical Senate Republicans to convict Trump. A single article of impeachment for “incitement of insurrection” was approved by the House on Wednesday, one week after a violent mob of Trump supporters invaded the Capitol. Lawmakers were counting the votes that cemented Trump’s election defeat at the time.