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impeachment round 2

Extending Trump's impeachment trial probably won't delay Biden's legislative agenda

Former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial likely will not end Saturday, as many expected, and it's unclear how long it will continue, raising questions about how the proceedings could affect President Biden's legislative agenda, especially in regards to a new COVID-19 relief bill.

There are no guarantees about how events will fold — the Senate's surprise vote Saturday morning to hear from witnesses in the trial is exhibit A — but, the upper chamber was scheduled to be on recess next week, either way. So, at least for the next several days, the trial won't officially be getting in the way of anything, though it could still sideline some potentially important discussions. Tim O'Donnell