GOP chairman says Senate impeachment trial could last 6-8 weeks

Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Pelosi says she's open to stock trading ban for Congress Momentum builds to prohibit lawmakers from trading stocks MORE (R-N.C.) predicted the Senate’s handling of potential articles of impeachment could take up to two months.

“We basically hear the case, and then we have to come to a verdict. That will probably be a six- or eight- weeks process,” Burr said at an event at Wake Forest University with Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerCIA says 'Havana syndrome' unlikely a result of 'worldwide campaign' by foreign power Schumer opted for modest rules reform after pushback from moderates Biden moves to boost security of sensitive national security systems MORE (D-Va.).  

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Burr’s comments come as the House is set to enter the public phase of its impeachment inquiry into whether President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE tied aid to Ukraine to the country opening an investigation into Vice President Biden and his son Hunter Biden. 

An eight-week time frame would be longer than the Senate’s roughly five-week trial of former President Clinton. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team McConnell says he made 'inadvertent omission' in voting remarks amid backlash These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (R-Ky.) previously told GOP senators that one potential timeline would be for the House to vote on impeachment articles by Thanksgiving and for the Senate to wrap up its trial by the end of the year. 

Now, the House is aiming to hold an impeachment vote by Christmas, which would set up a Senate trial for next year.