Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has agreed to accept former President Donald Trump’s impeachment counsel David Schoen after his petition to halt the Senate impeachment trial if it extends into the Jewish Sabbath.
“We respect their request and, of course, will accommodate it. Conversations with the relevant parties about the structure of the trial continue,” Justin Goodman, a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s said.
The Jewish Sabbath traditionally commences at sunset on Friday and concludes at nightfall on Saturday.
Last week Schoen asked Schumer and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to put the impeachment trial on hold until Sunday if it could not be wrapped up by 5:24 pm on Friday.
“I apologize for the inconvenience my request that impeachment proceedings not be conducted during the Jewish Sabbath undoubtedly will cause other people involved in the proceedings. The practices and prohibitions are mandatory for me, however; so, respectfully, I have no choice but to make this request,” Schoen wrote in the letter, according to the New York Times.
Trump’s second impeachment trial will begin on Monday. He is the first president in US history to have been impeached twice. In January, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives introduced impeachment articles against him for inciting riots after the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.