Trump's impeachment trial has been put off until February

The impeachment trial of ex U.S. President, Donald Trump, has been put off until February according to the Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer.

The trial is set to begin on the new date of Monday, February 8, 2021, after a decision was made to push it back in order to give priority to President Joe Biden's legislative agenda.

Schumer confirmed the change of date and said this will allow the Senate to fast-track key Biden appointees and other actions from the 46th U.S. President.

The delay will also give the prosecution team more time to prepare for the trial against Mr Trump.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Mr. Schumer said:

"The Senate will continue to do other business for the American People, such as Cabinet nominations and the COVID relief bill which would provide relief for millions of Americans who are suffering during this pandemic."

Mitch McConnell's spokesperson, Doug Andres, said the senator was pleased to hear of the changes as they will give Trump some more time to prepare his defence approach.

The pre-trial brief will now be filed by House impeachment managers on February 2, alongside the filing of an answer from Trump's defence team.

Each team will then respond to the filings on February 8.

Donald Trump left the White House for the last time on January 20, after four years as US president.

On his departure, the 74-year-old claimed: "we will be back in some form".

"It's been a great honour, the honour of a lifetime," he said before stepping on board Marine One.

Mr Trump said it was an "amazing four years" and that they "accomplished a lot".