The Republican leader of the Senate said Wednesday that the US Senate has not conducted a “fair or serious” trial of impeachment on US President Donald Trump in a short time frame before leaving office next week.
“Following most of the rules are the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or severe trial can be held before the presidential election.” in a statement.
Trump was impeached on Wednesday for his remarks at a rally on a charge of “inciting rebellion” when he killed a pro-Trump mob that laid siege to the US Capitol, according to police Vice President Mike Pence confronted and threatened US lawmakers and property.
The impeachment now begins a hearing in the Senate.
But “even though the Senate process began this week and was to move quickly, no final decision will come until after President Trump steps down.”
He noted that three previous impeachment trials – Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1999 and Trump last year – lasted 83 days, 37 days, and 21 days, respectively.
McConnell, the most powerful Republican in Congress, has said he will not re-build the chamber before it resumes on January 19, the day before the inauguration.
But Chamber’s top Democrat Chuck Schumer insisted that if he wanted to reconcile for an emergency session, McConnell could begin the trial “immediately”. If not, the process can begin after Biden’s inauguration.
“But make no mistake, impeachment will go on in the United States Senate,” Schumer said in a statement.
“There will be a vote on convicting the President for high crimes and misdeeds, and if the President is convicted, there will be a vote prohibiting him from running again.”
Schumer – who is on his way to becoming the majority leader after the swearing in of two new Democratic senators and Biden took office – said Trump faces trial on January 6 for his role in inciting violent rebellion in the US Capitol Have to do it and have to try. Overturn a free and fair election. “
“Trump has become the first president in American history to bear the brunt of impeachment twice,” Trump said.
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