Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday that President Trump’s second impeachment trial will not start until at least next week, formally rejecting calls to return the Senate to Washington early.
“The House of Representatives has voted to impeach the President. The Senate process will now begin at our first regular meeting following receipt of the article from the House,” McConnell said in a statement.
He added that “there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial” could be wrapped up before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20, even if he were to agree with a request from Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to return the Senate to Washington, D.C., early to start the trial.
“This is not a decision I am making; it is a fact. The President-elect himself stated last week that his inauguration on January 20 is the ‘quickest’ path for any change in the occupant of the presidency,” McConnell said.
The Senate is currently out of session until Jan. 19, a day before Biden will be sworn in.
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