It seems that the uncertainty of the Trump era is not going to fade on Wednesday as Congress is not yet complete with Trump.
The focus this week is on Biden, who became the 46th president of the US, preparing to defend Washington on Inauguration Day and a peaceful transition of power following the attack on the US Capitol.
Talks are ongoing between the offices of incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as to what matters most to the timing of the trial. While Biden has made it clear that he wants to split the day in half to confirm his nominees the morning before the trial, which compromises all. And it is unclear whether all 100 senators are going to agree to it, even though McConnell and Schumer could come to a consensus. Again, they continue the conversation. Aides and members do not expect impeachment litigation to begin until next week at the earliest, but no one knows for sure until Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi makes it clear when she will send the articles. .
A very important reminder: When a trial will begin as a lack of orchestration behind the curtain, do not take a lack of answers for it. We are moving into another chapter in American history, where the President, Senate, and House are all controlled by the same party and unlike Trump – who often caught his leadership off guard with wicked tweets or off-the-cuff statements – Pelosi and Schumer are on the same page here. Biden is not even needed to tell them this. They know what is in the trial of impeachment.
Once they go down that road, they are not looked back. The Senate starts every day at 12 noon ET, with members at their desks, six days a week, until the trial goes. Sending articles too soon, even without a strong agreement between Schumer and McConnell, endangers Biden’s first 100 days, his ability not to mention anything, not to mention any targets, to Biden’s Capitol. But after the January 6 attack, the country had to be healed. If it seems that we are stable right now, it is because working through the potential challenges and implications of this test is an incredible undertaking.
As CNN reported last week, once Pelosi aired the articles, it unlocked a whole series of steps that would have to be followed quickly. No one wants to move forward unless everyone is on the exact same page as to what it looks like.
What about double-tracking
Things to watch for this week
There are five confirmation hearings on Tuesday for the Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, CIA Director, Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Homeland Security. Aides say it is possible that the Senate could take some of them as early as possible on Wednesday, hours after Biden’s swearing-in to confirm his post. Then, it compromises all 100 senators. We should guide more time on Tuesday when the Senate returns.
When does a Schumer become a Majority Leader?
Schumer to become majority leader, incoming Democratic censor. John Osoff and Rafael Warnock both must be sworn in in Georgia. The state has until this weekend to do so. Aides close to the process say the certification is expected around January 20, but it is common that senators should not be sworn in until the day after that certification. This means that it may actually be a day or so until Warnock and Ossoff are sworn in.
In other words, time is liquid. Do not assume that Schumer became the leader of the majority on 20 January. we are not sure.
See one more thing for this week
The leadership is working on how the two parties will run the next Senate. Given the narrow democratic majority (as a tiebreaker with incoming Vice President Kamala Harris), allies have said that there is an expectation that Schumer and McConnell were a power-sharing pact between Trent Lott and Tom in 2001. Will come with Daschale. Negotiations are still underway so we cannot say for sure what that agreement would look like, but in 2001 the agreement allowed for evenly divided Senate committees, equally divided budgets on committees, both Republicans Equal access to equal areas in the capital for. And Democrats and members of both parties were able to preside over the Senate. Those talks are still going on like how impeachment trials can be conducted.