“We are going to take the vote that we should be holding in the House and (House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) will make the decision on when is the best time to get this vote and appoint the managers and move this legislation to the Senate” Clyburn told CNN’s Jake Tapper about State of the Union.
“It just so happens that if it didn’t go over there for 100 days, it could – we’ll give President-elect Biden the 100 days it takes to get his agenda up and running, and maybe we’ll send the articles at some point after that, “added the South Carolina Democrat.
Pelosi said Friday that if he doesn’t step down, Democrats are ready to move forward this week on indicting Trump for his role in last week’s deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. Democrats plan to roll out their impeachment ruling on Monday, which already has nearly 190 co-sponsors.
Clyburn’s comments come as Democrats grapple with how the second indictment against Trump could affect Biden’s early terms in office as he works to approve the appointment of Senate administrative officials and tackle legislative priorities like a Another coronavirus aid package.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had previously made it clear in a memo that the Senate would not return to session until January 19, even if the House cracked down on Trump in the coming days. That would begin the process on January 20, the date of Biden’s inauguration.
From then on, until its completion, the Senate is largely incapable of taking any action other than trial, as was evident during Trump’s initial impeachment trial.
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