McConnell’s office made it clear to Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s aides on Wednesday, according to Republican officials, which means the impeachment process will not begin until the early days of Joe Biden’s presidency.
McConnell sent a note to his Republican counterparts on Wednesday afternoon about the impeachment, stating that “while the press is full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and intend to hear the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate. “
But McConnell is furious, sources say, over Trump̵
In a note to Republican senators a few days ago, McConnell suggested that the process not begin until Biden becomes president, saying all 100 senators would have to agree to change the Senate’s schedule. He pointed out that the Senate can impeach all members of the House for impeachment against Trump most likely immediately after the end of his term.
“Therefore, the Senate trial will begin after the expiration of President Trump’s term,” the note said.
But since then, Schumer has called on McConnell to refer to an emergency body set up in 2004 to reconvene the Senate if the two leaders agree to bring the chamber back.
Democrats are calling for McConnell to act immediately.