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Biden signals he's willing to delay Trump trial

President Biden on Friday suggested he would be open to waiting until next month to begin the Senate impeachment trial of former President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE, reasoning it would allow more time to get his own administration "up and running."

Biden said he had not seen the specifics of a proposal from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellJudiciary Committee greenlights Garland's AG nomination This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Juan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP MORE (R-Ky.) to begin the trial in February, but "the more time we have to get up and running and meet these crises, the better."

"I do think that having some time to get our administration up and running — I want to thank the Senate for passing out our secretary of Defense, it looks like our secretary of Treasury, our secretary of State is in place," he said, though only the head of the Pentagon has officially been confirmed.

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The House is expected to deliver its article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate on Monday, meaning the trial could begin as soon as next week.

Under the rules for an impeachment trial, the article moving to the Senate triggers the start of the trial at 1 p.m. the following day, except for Sundays. But Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFirst Black secretary of Senate sworn in Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote The bizarre back story of the filibuster MORE (D-N.Y.) said he is having discussions with McConnell about the timing and length of the trial.

McConnell proposed on a call with GOP senators Thursday that the trial be delayed until February to give the former president enough time to mount a defense.

“It would have been the 10th or 11th [of February] or somewhere in there,” said Sen. Mike BraunMichael BraunGOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers MORE (R-Ind.), who said McConnell wants to give Trump the same amount of time he had to prepare for the first impeachment trial and that former President Clinton had to prepare for his 1999 impeachment trial.

Biden and his top aides have publicly been noncommittal about the dynamics of the impeachment trial, repeatedly deferring to Senate leaders to hash out how to handle Trump's fate. But they have been insistent that the upper chamber should be able to simultaneously conduct Trump's trial while also working to confirm Biden's nominees and negotiate on an economic relief bill proposed by the current administration.

The Senate has thus far only confirmed Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinCan a common bond of service unite our nation? Politics, not racism or sexism, explain opposition to Biden Cabinet nominees Pentagon releases training materials to address extremism MORE as Defense secretary and Avril HainesAvril HainesDuckworth calls for Russian bounties intelligence to be declassified Intelligence official says Khashoggi report 'obviously' will challenge Saudi relationship Senate confirms former Michigan governor Granholm as Energy secretary MORE as director of national intelligence. Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenOn The Money: Senators push for changes as chamber nears vote on .9T relief bill | Warren offers bill to create wealth tax OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Texas sues power provider Griddy, alleging deceptive advertising and marketing | More states follow California's lead on vehicle emissions standards | Financial regulators home in on climate risks Warren bill would impose wealth tax on M households MORE's nomination as Treasury secretary cleared committee on Friday, but has not yet been voted on by the full Senate.