Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Mitch McConnell) recommended that Donald Trump’s impeachment trial be postponed for a week or more to give the former president time to review the case.
The Democrats in the House of Representatives who impeached Trump on the grounds of inciting the attack on the Capitol on January 6 have hinted that they want a quick trial at the beginning of President Joe Biden̵
But McConnell told his Republican senators in a conference call on Thursday that the short delay will give Trump time to prepare and stand up his legal team to ensure due process.
Indiana Senator Mike Braun said after the conference call that the trial may not start until mid-February. He said that this is “because the procedures in the House of Representatives have evolved so quickly, and they are not in line with the time required to prepare a defense in the Senate trial.”
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (Nancy Pelosi), will set the time for the trial. When Nancy Pelosi sends the Senate’s accusation of “inciting an uprising” to the Senate, it can trigger the start of the trial. Nair and the new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer decided. , They are negotiating on how to establish 50 to 50 partisan differences in the Senate and short-term agenda.
Schumer (Summer) is in charge of the Senate. The Democratic Party won two seats in the Georgian Senate. Vice President Kamala Harris assumed the position of majority leader after being sworn in on Wednesday. However, because the differences are so small, Republicans will have a say in the trial process.
Democrats want to proceed with litigation while also passing Biden’s priority legislation, including mitigation of the coronavirus, but they also need some cooperation from the Senate Republicans to do so.
Schumer told reporters on Thursday that he is still discussing how to conduct the trial with McConnell, “but don’t get me wrong. There will be a trial, there will be a vote, up and down voting or whether to convict the president.”
Pelosi may send the article to the Senate as early as Friday. Democrats said the proceedings should proceed quickly because they were all witnesses to the siege and many of them escaped safety when the rioters landed on the Capitol.
Pelosi said on Thursday: “Soon, I don’t think it will be very long, but we have to do it.” She said that Trump’s second historic impeachment was only because he had stepped down, Biden and others. It is calling for the realization of national unity instead of obtaining a “get rid of prison card”.
Without the White House counsel’s office to defend him (like last year’s first trial), Trump’s allies have been looking for lawyers to defend the former president’s case. People familiar with the matter said that his past legal team members said they did not intend to join the work, but South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told GOP colleagues on Thursday that Trump is hiring South Carolina lawyer Butch Bowers. Grant anonymous discussion. Bowers did not immediately respond to the news on Thursday.
The case against the House of Representatives will be Pelosi’s nine impeachment managers, who meet regularly to discuss strategy. Pelosi said that she will discuss with them “in the next few days” when the Senate is ready for a trial, indicating that the decision may extend into next week.
Trump told thousands of supporters to “oppose hell” and opposed Congress on January 6 that proved angry mobs invaded the Capitol and interrupted the count of the previous election results. Five people including the Capitol Police were killed in the chaos, the House of Representatives impeached the outgoing president a week later, and ten Republicans joined all the Democrats.
Pelosi said that forgetting that “people died here on January 6, undermining our elections, undermining our democracy, and humiliating our constitution” is “harmful to unity.”
After the first impeachment, Trump, with the assistance of his White House legal team, was acquitted by the Senate in February after his White House legal team actively opposed the Cabinet’s accusations because he had encouraged the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden’s crimes. In exchange for military assistance. Pelosi pointed out that this time, the House of Representatives is not trying to convict the president for private conversations, but to stage a very public riot so that they can experience their own experience and broadcast it on live television.
Pelosi said: “This year the whole world has witnessed the president’s incitement.”
Dick Durbin, a Democrat in the Second Senate of Illinois, said that it is still too early to know how long the trial will take or whether the Democrats are willing to call witnesses. But he said: “You don’t need to tell us what happened at the mob scene-we are running up the stairs to escape.”
McConnell said this week that Trump “provokes” his supporters before the riots, but he did not disclose how he would vote. He told his colleagues in the Republican Party that this would be a vote of conscience.