Washington – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell proposes to delay the start of President Donald Trump’s trial until February to give the former president time to prepare and review his case.
House of Representatives who Vote to impeach Trump Last week to incite A deadly riot on January 6 in the Capitol They have indicated they want to move quickly on trial as President Joe Biden begins his term, saying a full account is necessary before the country – and Congress – can move forward.
But McConnell suggested in a statement Thursday evening a broader timetable that would have the House move the impeachment article next week, on January 28, to launch the first phase of the trial. Then, the Senate will give the president’s defense team and prosecutors two weeks to file briefs. Controversy at the trial is likely to begin in mid-February.
“Senate Republicans are strongly united behind the principle that the Senate Foundation, the Presidency, and former President Trump himself all deserve a full and fair process that respects his rights and the serious realistic, legal and constitutional issues at issue, especially in light of the unprecedented speed of the House process,” McConnell said.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Senate spokesman, said DNY is reviewing the plan and will discuss it with McConnell. The two leaders are also negotiating how the new 50-50 Senate will function and how they will balance other priorities.
The trial delay may appeal to some Democrats, as it would give the Senate more time to confirm Biden’s candidates to the cabinet and debate a new round of coronavirus relief. Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a key ally of the president, told CNN that Democrats would consider delay “if we are making progress in affirming the talented, experienced and diverse team that President Joe Biden nominated.”
Ultimate power over timing rests with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who can launch the trial at any time by sending the charge of incitement to revolt to the Senate. California democracy has yet to say when it will do so.
“It will be soon.” Pelosi said Thursday, “I don’t think it will be long, but we must do it.” She said that Trump does not deserve a “release card” just because he left office and that Biden and others are calling for national unity.
Faced with his second trial in two years, Trump began assembling his defense team by hiring attorney Butch Bowers to represent him, according to one of his advisers. Bowers previously served as an advisor to former South Carolina governments. Nikki Haley and Mark Sanford.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina helped Trump find the Powers after members of his former legal teams indicated they were not planning to join the new effort. Trump is at a disadvantage compared to His first trialHe had the full resources of the White House Counsel’s office to defend him.
Pelosi’s nine impeachment directors, who will be on trial in the House case, meet regularly to discuss strategy. Pelosi said she would talk to them “in the next few days” about when the Senate would prepare for a trial.
Shortly before the January 6 rebellion, Trump told thousands of his supporters at a rally near the White House to “fight like hell” against the election results he is witnessing in Congress. A mob marched to the Capitol and flocked there, boycotting the count. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died in the chaos, the House of Representatives impeached Trump a week later, and 10 Republicans joined all the Democrats in support.
Pelosi said it would be “harmful to unity” to forget that “people died here on January 6, trying to undermine our elections, undermine our democracy, and insult our constitution.”
The Republican-led Senate acquitted Trump in its first impeachment trial. The White House legal team, with the help of Trump’s personal attorney, has fiercely battled accusations in the House of Representatives that he encouraged the President of Ukraine to investigate Biden in exchange for military aid. Pelosi indicated that this time the House of Representatives is not seeking to convict the president over private conversations but because of a very public revolt they fought on their own and appeared live.
“The whole world this year witnessed the president’s instigation,” Pelosi said.
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the second Democrat in the Senate, said it was still too early to tell how long the trial would take or whether Democrats wanted to call witnesses. But he said, “You don’t need to tell us what was happening with the scene of the mob that we were going down the stairs to escape.”
McConnell, who said this week that Trump had “provoked” his supporters before the riots, did not say how he would vote. He told his Republican colleagues that this would be a vote of conscience.
The Democrats will need the support of at least 17 Republicans to convict Trump, which is a high standard. While a few Republican senators indicated that they are open to indictment, most said they believed the trial would be divisive and questioned the legality of trying the president after he left office.
Graham said that if he were Trump’s attorney, he would focus on that argument and the merits of the case – and whether that was “incitement” under the law.
“I think the public record is your television screen,” Graham said. “So, I don’t understand why this will take so long.”
The authors of the Associated Press, Meg Kennard of Colombia, South Carolina, and Jill Colvin in West Palm Beach, Florida contributed to this report.
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