Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is proposing that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer postpone the start of impeachment of former President Trump until February, a number of sources familiar with the plan told CBS News. McConnell confirmed his proposal in a statement later Thursday.
This schedule will give impeachment managers and Mr. Trump’s defense at least a week to prepare. McConnell sent the proposal to GOP senators for a conference call on Thursday. McConnell, who is now in the minority, has no last word on when the trial will take place. Sumer will have to agree to the proposal. The house has not yet sent the singleto the Senate.
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According to McConnell’s proposed schedule, the chamber’s impeachment managers will read the Senate article and the senators will swear in the impeachment court on Thursday, January 28. From that day on, Mr. Trump will have a week to respond to the article and the House’s early report will be prepared, which means February 4. Mr. Trump will then have a week after presenting his answer to present his court hearing, which means February 11th. The chamber will have two days later (February 13) to present its rebuttal to the pre-trial proceedings.
“Senate Republicans are strongly united behind the principle that the Senate institution, the presidency office and former President Trump himself deserve a full and fair process that respects his rights and the serious, factual, legal and constitutional issues involved,” McConnell said in a statement. “Given the unprecedented speed of the Chamber’s process, our proposed timeline for the initial phases includes modest and reasonable additional time for both parties to gather their arguments before the Senate begins to hear them.”
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham praised McConnell’s proposal to postpone the trial in February and said he met with McConnell on Thursday.
“We looked at historical pre-trial periods. The difference is that there was really no contribution in Parliament, it was a short impeachment. But when you look at the relevant periods of time, it’s very similar to what we’ve done in the past,” Graham told reporters.
Graham confirmed that attorney Butch Bowers is joining Trump’s legal team as an “anchor tenant.” Graham praised Butcher as a “solid man.” The South Carolina senator said he had no idea whether Mr. Trump would attend the trial, but advised him not to.
“The president is looking forward to leaving that behind,” Graham said. “He believes it’s unconstitutional and hurts his presidency, but you know, he’s going to have his day in court and that’s the way the system works.”
The chamber imputed Mr Trump last week, on January 13, with 10 Republicans joining the Democrats.
Senators currently have to work from their states during the week of February 15 for President’s Day, which could complicate the timeline.
The Senate is also working to confirm presidential candidates Joe Biden. Democratic Sen. Chris Koons told CNN on Thursday that Democrats could be open to a slight delay in the process if there is progress in confirming the nominees.
“I think Democrats will be prepared to consider a delay that allows former President Trump to assemble his legal team and his defense for the impeachment process if we make progress in confirming the very talented, experienced and diverse team nominated by President Joe Biden. to serve in his office, “Koons said.
McConnell did not say publicly whether he supported or opposed the impeachment, although he said the mob that attacked the Capitol was “provoked by the president.”