Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has suggested majority leader Chuck Schumer that the impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump begin in mid-February. This is the time he set during a conference call with Republican colleagues on Thursday.
McConnell’s proposal includes an agreement to open the Senate trial in February so that both sides can properly prepare for Trump second impeachment trialsaid several people on the call. Schumer could be open to the proposal and give it more time to confirm Cabinet nominee from President Joe Biden.
Senator Mike Rounds, RS.D., who was on the phone, said his understanding was that McConnell, R-Ky., Was teaching the conference before going to Schumer, DN.Y.
“I think we know we want to make sure that the president has a right to due process when the Democrats are going through this impeachment process. And to do that he has to prepare a case, they have to do this.” Set up the rules and so on. I think it would be very difficult to start before then, “said Rounds.
Senator Mike Braun, R-Ind., Also said he thinks the trial could begin in mid-February.
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McConnell said in a statement Thursday: “Senate Republicans agree on the principle that the Senate institution, the office of President and former President Trump himself deserve a full and fair trial of his rights and the real facts respects. legal and constitutional issues at stake. Given the unprecedented speed of the House process, our proposed timetable for the early stages will allow modest and reasonable additional time for both sides to compose their arguments before the Senate begins to hear them.
“At this time of strong political passions, Senate Republicans believe it is imperative that we not allow a half-hearted process to short circuit the due process that former President Trump deserves or damage the Senate or the presidency,” it said in the statement.
Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Broached the issue of timing when reporters asked them about it the previous Thursday. Pelosi has yet to specify when she would send the impeachment article to the Senate after just saying “soon”.
Schumer’s spokesman Justin Goodman said: “We received the proposal from Leader McConnell, who only deals with applications before the late afternoon trial. We will review and discuss it with him.”
When asked if President Joe Biden would support the postponement of the process to February, White House communications director Kate Bedingfield reiterated what Biden had previously said that he would leave it to the Senate leadership to determine the mechanics and timing.
Bedingfield said Biden wanted the Senate to run the process so that it could move forward Covid-19 aid legislation as quickly as possible.