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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office told Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) staff on Wednesday that the GOP will not agree to reconvene the Senate before Jan. 19 to allow an impeachment trial while President Trump is still in office.
A senior Senate Republican aide confirmed that McConnell’s office reached out to Schumer’s office to relay the message that Republicans will not agree to a Friday session to enable House Democrats to present articles of impeachment to the Senate while Trump is in office.
McConnell said in a memo circulated to colleagues last week that the Senate will not be able to handle business on the floor until senators are scheduled to return to Washington on Jan. 19 unless all 100 senators agree to reconvene sooner.
Since Vice President Pence won’t invoke the 25th Amendment, Donald Trump will complete his term as President, unless he decides to resign. This just in — he’s not going to resign.
Of course, impeachment can continue after Biden is inaugurated and Chuck Schumer becomes Senate Majority Leader. But, by then, what’s the point? It won’t be viewed as “saving the Republic from Trump,” but just another petulant partisan battle. President Biden’s “first 100 days” agenda will be mired in the muck, including any additional COVID relief checks. If you think Americans are generally annoyed now, try delaying financial assistance so Democrats can shout “orange man bad” for another month.
As the Capitol Hill Riot was wrapping up, I infamously advised “Impeach. Remove. Bar from Office.” In order for that to happen, Pelosi would have needed to deliver the impeachment article to the Senate by the end of last week. Emotions were high enough in both parties for removal to have any chance of getting through. There was also great concern (myself included) that Trump would keep stirring the pot and spark further violence in DC and around the country.
Instead, Trump has been quiet as a Twitterless church mouse, MAGAntifa attackers have been rounded up, and no new violence has erupted.Published in