Start date set for 2nd Trump impeachment trial

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer set the week of Feb. 8 as a start date.
2:15 | 01/24/21

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Transcript for Start date set for 2nd Trump impeachment trial
Now to former president trump's looming impeachment trial. House speaker Nancy Pelosi says she'll transmit the article on Monday. Senate majority leader chuck Schumer setting the week of February 8th as the start date for the trial. Meanwhile, a pair of explosive reports out today may ratchet up the pressure. Andrew dymburt is in Washington. Reporter: Tonight, two new reports that could potentially damage former president Donald Trump's case ahead of his second impeachment trial. The first suggesting he knew substantial reinforcements would be needed to protect the capitol on January 6th. In an interview with "Vanity fair," then-acting defense secretary Christopher Miller recalling ahead of the deadly riot, when discussing the Pentagon's plans, trump told him, quote, you're going to need 10,000 people. The single article of impeachment charges the former president with incitement of insurrection. That day, he urged his supporters to March to the capitol. If you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. Reporter: And they did. Multiple sources tell ABC news trump rebuffed calls to deploy the guard for quite some time. Many charged in connection with the siege have said on the record they acted at the behest of the president. I thought I was following my president. I thought I was following what we were called to do. Reporter: Also tonight, explosive allegations surrounding trump's desperate attempts to overturn his election loss. "The New York Times" reporting in his final weeks in the white house, the former president discussed removing the acting attorney general Jeffery Rosen and replacing him with Jeffrey Clark, a now former doj attorney sympathetic to trump's cause. "The times" says it was all part of an elaborate scheme to throw out president Joe Biden's victory in Georgia. The department of justice is declining to comment on the report, and Clark, when reached by ABC news asserted the "Times" account contains inaccuracies, but did not specify. Rosen served as acting ag through the end of trump's term. We'll see if Democrats choose to tonight chuck Schumer is calling on the doj the investigate. We'll see if Democrats choose to call either Clark or Rosen to add them to their witness list. When asked for comment, trump's team did not specifically respond to those allegations in that report. Tom? Andrew, thank you for that.

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