Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that the House will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Trump for “incitement of insurrection” on Monday.
Why it matters: The Senate is constitutionally required to begin the impeachment trial at 1 p.m. the day after the article is transmitted. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had been pushing for the trial to begin in mid-February, arguing that it will force the Senate to delay other important business.
Lord Damp Nut found one (1) lawyer not named Rudy Giuliani to represent him.
UPDATE 1: Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie gives us the latest dish:
GRAHAM HOOKS TRUMP UP WITH IMPEACHMENT LAWYER: We briefly caught up Thursday night with Trump ally Sen. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.), who announced Thursday that Trump hired one of his longtime pals to be his impeachment lawyer. Graham served in the same National Guard unit BUTCH BOWERS, a South Carolina lawyer who served in George W. Bush’s Justice Department.
“The president asked if I know of any lawyers. He thinks South Carolina has good lawyers. He mentioned Trey Gowdy. I said, ‘Well, I got some names.’ Butch was one of the names I gave them.” And what about Gowdy, the former South Carolina congressman-turned-Fox News TV star? “I think he’s got obligations that won’t allow him to do it,” Graham said. Gowdy didn’t respond to a question about whether he declined to represent the ex-president. GABBY ORR and MERIDITH MCGRAW: “Trump starts taking his second impeachment seriously”
Bowers “is no stranger to impeachment proceedings,” according to the Post and Courier newspaper. Among other cases, he “worked for then-Gov. MARK SANFORD when lawmakers considered impeaching him after he left the state to see his mistress in Argentina in 2009.”