But several Democrats said some of Pelosi’s calculations expected Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to reach a 50-50 Senate power-sharing agreement, something they are still negotiating.
“We have already been informed that they are ready to receive,” Pelosi told Senate reporters on Thursday, noting that “there are other questions about how the process will proceed.”
“I will not tell you when it would happen,” she added, declining to offer further details.
The House voted to impeach Trump on Jan. 1
But Pelosi has so far stopped handing over the article to the Senate, a process that involves chamber impeachment managers manually handing over documents through the Capitol dome. This is a similar move to Pelosi’s handling of Trump’s first impeachment in December 2019, when Democrats waited weeks during Congress’ winter break to submit articles as they carefully sought to choreograph the start of the Senate trial.
This time, the process is more complicated, as the start of the impeachment process in the Senate will come as Trump is out of office and newly elected President Joe Biden is trying to lock his cabinet amid numerous national crises.
The Senate is moving fast to approve key national security posts this week, but a process – which will require senators to sit in the hall six days a week for the duration of it – will almost certainly delay the process for at least some of Biden’s candidates. .
Complicating matters further, Sumer and McConnell have not yet reached a Senate governance agreement, which several Democrats say will have a significant impact once Pelosi submits the article and the process begins. The biggest obstacle to a deal is McConnell Schumer’s request to keep the legislative philibus, which the Democrats refused.
However, unlike 2019, when almost all Republicans were in favor of justifying Trump, his fate in the Senate remains uncertain. 17 Republicans are unlikely to vote to condemn their former president, but key GOP senators, including McConnell, say they remain unresolved and the GOP conference’s calculations could change quickly.
Some Republicans are questioning the constitutionality of the impeachment process now that Trump is no longer in office. Some also complain that the Democrats’ move to impeach Trump – despite his involvement in the January 6 Capitol riots that killed five people – would undermine Biden’s calls for national unity at Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony.
But Pelosi told reporters Thursday that he was “not worried” about the argument.
“The president of the United States has committed an act of incitement to revolt,” Pelosi said. “I don’t think it’s very unifying to say, oh, let’s just forget about it and move on. That’s not how you unite. “
“Just because he’s gone now – thank God you’re not telling the president, ‘Do what you want in the last months of your administration. You will receive a free release card because people think you have to do nice, nice and forget that people died here on January 6th. “