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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon and called for three things to happen in the aftermath of James Comey's firing:

  1. He wants the highest-serving career civil servant at the DOJ to appoint a special prosecutor — notably not Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who he previously said Wednesday morning should be in charge of appointing a special prosecutor. (Read our Facts Matter on that process.)
  2. He wants Comey to testify before the Senate, which he has been invited to do on Tuesday.
  3. He "demand[s]" that Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein "brief the Senate and answer questions because of so many things swirling about from last night's firing." Schumer insisted each briefing be done separately.

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"Relief" is the top emotion some swing voters who used to support Donald Trump say they felt as they watched President Biden's swearing-in, followed by "hope."

Why it matters: For voters on the bubble between parties, this moment is less about excitement for Biden or liberal politics than exhaustion and disgust with Trump and a craving for national healing. Most said Trump should be prohibited from ever holding office again.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.

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