The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is proposing to hold back the start of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial for a week or more to allow the former president time to review the case.
House Democrats who voted to attack Trump last week to spark a Capitol attack on January 6 have indicated they want a speedy trial as President Joe Biden says a front of the country Complete reconsideration is necessary – and Congress – can move forward on this.
But McConnell told his fellow GOP senators on Thursday on a call that a slight delay would give Trump time to prepare and stand his legal team, which ensures due process.
Indiana Senator Mike Braun said after the call that the trial could not begin until “sometime in February”. He said that “due to the fact that the process in the House developed so quickly, and it does not correspond to the time when you need to prepare for defense in the Senate trial”.
The timing will be determined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which could trigger the start of the trial when she sends the House’s charge to “incite the Senate to rebellion”, and also by McConnell and new senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer . , Who are in talks about establishing a 50–50 partisan split in the Senate and short-term agendas.
Schumer is in charge of the Senate, after Democrats won two new Senate seats in Georgia, taking over as majority leader, and Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in Wednesday. But with such a narrow divide, Republicans would have something to say on the process of trial.
Democrats are hoping to take action by passing legislation that is a priority for Biden, including coronovirus relief, but he would need some cooperation from Senate Republicans to do so.
Schumer told reporters on Thursday that he was still negotiating with McConnell on how to conduct a trial, “but make no mistake about it. There will be a trial, a vote, up or down or to convict the president.” is. “
Pelosi can send articles to the Senate as soon as Friday. Democrats say the proceedings should proceed quickly because they were all witnesses to the siege, many of them fleeing to safety as rioters descended on the Capitol.
“It will be soon, I don’t think it will be long, but we should do it,” Pelosi said on Thursday. He said Trump did not deserve to “get out of jail card” for his historic second impeachment, as he has left office and Biden and others are calling for national unity.
In the White House attorney’s office without defense – as it did in its first trial last year – Trump’s aides are seeking lawyers to debate the former president’s case. Members of his previous legal teams have indicated that he did not plan to join the effort, but Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told GOP aides on Thursday that Trump was calling South Carolina lawyer Butch Bowers According to who were hired, it gave anonymity to discuss it. Bowers did not immediately respond to a message on Thursday.
The prosecution of the House case would be Pelosi’s nine impeachment managers, who have been meeting regularly to discuss the strategy. Pelosi said she would talk to him in the next few days, when the Senate could prepare for trial, hinting that the decision could come by next week.
Trump told thousands of supporters to “fight like hell” against the election results that Congress was certifying on January 6, before an angry mob attacked the Capitol and disrupted the count. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died in the catastrophe, and the House passed on the outgoing president a week later, with 10 Republicans supporting all Democrats.
Pelosi said it would be “detrimental to unity” that “people died here on January 6 to defame our constitution, weaken our election, weaken our democracy.”
After his first impeachment, Trump was aggressively acquitted by the Senate in February by the White House legal team, aided by his personal lawyers, from the House’s accusations that he, in return for military aid to the President of Ukraine Biden was encouraged to investigate. This time, Pelosi said, the House was not trying to blame the president on private conversations, but for a very public rebellion he had experienced himself and which was played on live television.
Pelosi said, “This year the whole world is witness to the president’s provocation.”
Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said it is yet to know how long the trial will take, or if Democrats would like to call a witness. But he said: “You don’t need to tell us what was happening with the crowd scene – we were going down to escape.”
McConnell, who said this week that Trump had “provoked” his supporters before the riot, did not say how he would vote. He told his GOP colleagues that it would be the conscience.