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 TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves 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 McConnellRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season 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.


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 SchumerSchumer mourns death of 'amazing' father Feehery: The honest contrarian Biden administration to release oil from strategic reserve: reports 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 BraunSchumer-McConnell dial down the debt ceiling drama Cruz, Braun slam Library of Congress for forgoing term 'illegal aliens' to suit 'progressive preference' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Emergent Biosolutions — Pfizer, US strike COVID-19 pill deal 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 AustinGOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions Drones are a strategic liability for US Buttigieg has high name recognition, favorability rating in Biden Cabinet: survey MORE as Defense secretary and Avril HainesAvril HainesOvernight Defense & National Security — Russian military moves cause for concern New Pentagon group to investigate unidentified aerial phenomena This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead MORE as director of national intelligence. Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenBlowing up the Death Star would cause an economic crisis (and other reasons employers shouldn't pay off workers' college debt) Buttigieg has high name recognition, favorability rating in Biden Cabinet: survey Biden's spending binge makes Americans poorer, just before the holidays MORE's nomination as Treasury secretary cleared committee on Friday, but has not yet been voted on by the full Senate.