Republican McConnell proposes Trump get two weeks to prepare for Senate impeachment trial

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) participates in a walk-through of Joe Biden's presidential inauguration events at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday proposed a timeline that would delay the start of the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump until mid-February.

In a statement, McConnell said he had sent his proposal to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. In it, McConnell proposed that the House of Representatives send the impeachment charge against Trump to the Senate on Jan. 28, and that the former president be given two weeks after that to prepare his pre-trial brief, before the Senate trial begins.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Leslie Adler