Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial would not begin immediately in the Senate and likely begin in earnest after next week’s inauguration.
Shortly afterwards in a statement House voted to impeach Trump for the second time, A Kentucky Republican, gave his clear assessment of the Senate’s upcoming schedule for a trial to blame the president for “inciting rebellion” following the riots in the Capitol last week. The statement, however, gives no indication of his personal stance on Trump being convicted.
McConnell said the process for a trial would begin with the Senate’s “first regular meeting after receipt of the article from the House”. The next day is scheduled to return to Senate session on Tuesday, one day before the presidential election, with Joe Biden being sworn into office, meaning that proceedings will begin as soon as possible.
Democrats were expecting a speedy trial that could begin before the Jan. 20 opening and asked McConnell to rejoin the Senate in emergency session before next week. But McConnell said the process could not be completed before Trump’s office next week, when the Senate raised the impeachment article.
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“Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents implementing the presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or severe trial could end,” McConnell said in a statement on Wednesday.
He said, “Even though the Senate process starts this week and goes immediately, no final decision will come after President Trump steps down.” “It’s not a decision I’m making; it’s a fact.”
McConnell pointed to the timing of the last three impeachment trials that lasted anywhere from three weeks to nearly three months. Following Trump’s first impeachment in late 2019, the trial, which eventually acquitted him of high crimes and misdeeds, lasted 21 days last year.
A two-thirds majority in the Senate – 67 senators – needs to convict the president. When the remaining senators are sworn in, the upper chamber will split 50–50, meaning that 17 Republicans will need to vote if convicted if Democrats remain united.
So far, none of the Senate Republicans have announced their support for the sentence, although there are some indications that McConnell and others may flounder in this way. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah was the only Republican to vote to indict Trump on an article of impeachment in the 2020 trial.
According to a Tuesday story in The New York Times, McConnell reportedly believed Trump had committed impenetrable crimes and this impeachment could help him get rid of Trump’s own party. But in a private email on Wednesday, the majority leader, who criticized fellow Republicans for objecting to the November election results, allegedly told his aides that he was unspecified.
According to several news outlets, McConnell said, “While the press is full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to hear legal arguments when I appear before the Senate.”
In his own Wednesday statement, New York general Chuck Schumer, the majority leader who arrived after Georgia’s new senators were sworn in, acknowledged the probable timing of the trial and said that if the Senate convicted Trump, The chamber will vote one more time to stop. This again from running for office, which may be until 2024.
“The Senate trial may begin immediately, with an agreement from the current Senate Majority Leader to reintegrate the Senate for an emergency session, or it will begin after January 19,” Schumer said. “But make no mistake, there will be a impeachment trial in the United States Senate; there will be a vote on the President being convicted for high crimes and misdemeanors; and if the President is convicted, a vote preventing him from running. Will. Then. “