- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a note to Republican senators explaining how the impeachment process would take place.
- In a note received from The Washington Post, McConnell concluded that the trial would not begin until President Donald Trump left office.
- Democrats in parliament have said they plan to impeach Trump to “incite an uprising” after a deadly siege of the US Capitol by a violent mob of supporters of the president.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a note to Republican senators explaining how the impeachment process will take place, according to The Washington Post.
Democrats in parliament have said they plan to impeach President Donald Trump to “incite an uprising”
According to McConnell’s schedule in the note received by The Post, there is no way to remove Trump from office before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20.
After certifying the election results in the early hours of Thursday morning, the Senate is adjourned until Jan. 19 and therefore cannot begin impeachment proceedings before that without the incredible consent of all 100 senators, McConnell said.
If the Chamber sends articles for impeachment, the Senate can receive and respond when it returns on January 19. However, McConnell said the Senate Impeachment Rules require House members to present articles one day after the Senate said it was ready to receive them.
Without the Senate requesting them earlier, it would mean January 20, Acting Day.
McConnell concluded that the Senate trial would eventually begin either an hour or 25 hours after the end of Trump’s term.
—Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 9, 2021
At the beginning of Biden’s term, Senator Chuck Schumer will take over the post of McConnell as the leader of the majority, putting him at the head of the impeachment process.
Aides to the senators told The Post that Sumer and McConnell had not discussed the impeachment process.
In a draft article on impeachment, House Democrats said that “President Trump is seriously threatening the security of the United States and its government institutions.”
“He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered in the peaceful transition of power and hindered the coordinated branch of government,” the draft said.
The White House condemned the possible impeachment in a statement: “Politically motivated impeachment against a president with 12 days left in his term will only serve to further divide our great state.”