Republican officials said McConnell’s office made it clear to Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s aides on Wednesday. A person familiar with the matter said that the majority leader also sent a note to Republican senators telling them that the House of Representatives will not be returned until January 19, which means that the impeachment trial will not begin until Joe Biden becomes president. .
The House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump on Wednesday because he incited riots in the swift and bipartisan condemnation of the U.S. Congress last week, making Trump the first president in American history to be impeached twice.
In a letter impeaching his Republican colleagues on Wednesday afternoon, he wrote: “Despite the speculation in the press, I have not yet made a final decision on how I will vote. I intend to listen to their legal arguments. The Senate. ”
But sources said McConnell was angry at Trump’s incitement of a deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol last week. He also condemned Trump for failing to retain two seats in the Georgia Senate, which reached the finals earlier this month. In the next two years, this will make him and Republicans a minority in the Senate.
A few days ago, McConnell suggested in a memo to Republican senators that the trial would not begin until Biden became president. He said that all 100 senators need to agree to change the Senate’s timetable. He said that the earliest the Senate can impeach Trump on any articles passed by the House of Representatives is most likely to be submitted immediately after the end of his term.
The memo states: “Therefore, the Senate trial will begin after President Trump’s term expires.”
But since then, Schumer has called on McConnell to invoke the emergency authority established in 2004 to re-convene the Senate if the two leaders agree to recall the Senate.
The Democrats called on McConnell to take immediate action.
The president’s second impeachment came after he repeatedly falsely claimed that the election was stolen from him and angered supporters who ransacked the Capitol.
This story was updated with other development on Wednesday.