David Schoen, an observant Jew and an attorney for former President Donald Trump, has withdrawn his request not to hold the Senate’s impeachment trial on Shabbat.
“Based on adjustments that have been made on the President’s defense team, I am writing today to withdraw my request so that the proceedings can go forward as originally contemplated before I made my request.” Schoen wrote to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
According to CNN, Schoen expressed his gratitude for the original accommodation given. Instead, he will have his legal peers act on his behalf if the need arises for a Saturday trial.
The Jewish Sabbath traditionally commences at sunset on Friday and concludes at nightfall on Saturday.
Last week Schoen asked Schumer and McConnell to put the impeachment trial on hold until Sunday if it could not be wrapped up by 5:24 pm on Friday, to which his request was promptly granted.
Trump’s second impeachment trial kicked off on Tuesday, and 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.