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

Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenate GOP opens door to smaller coronavirus deal as talks lag Hillicon Valley: Google extending remote work policy through July 2021 | Intel community returns final Russia report to Senate committee after declassification | Study finds election officials vulnerable to cyberattacks Intel community returns final Russia report volume to Senate after declassification review 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 WarnerThe Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election US intelligence says Russia seeking to 'denigrate' Biden GOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe MORE (D-Va.).  


Burr’s comments come as the House is set to enter the public phase of its impeachment inquiry into whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection 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 McConnellTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill No signs of breakthrough for stalemated coronavirus talks State aid emerges as major hurdle to reviving COVID-19 talks 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.