January 13, 2021 8:13 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. The leader of the Republican majority of the Senate of the United States (USA), Mitch McConnell, anticipated this Wednesday that there is no possibility of holding a “fair or serious trial” before the current president, Donald Trump, leaves office next week. , for which he called for a focus on an “orderly transition of power.”
“Given the Senate rules, procedures, and precedents governing presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial can be concluded before President-elect (Joe) Biden is sworn in next week,” noted the mighty senator it’s a statement.
McConnell illustrated that the Senate held three presidential impeachment trials: “They have lasted 83, 37 and 21 days, respectively”.
“Even if the Senate process began this week and moved rapidly forward, a final verdict would not be reached until after President Trump left office,” McConnell said.
He clarified that “this is not a decision (…) it is a fact.”
“In light of this reality, I believe it will be better for our nation if Congress and the Executive branch spend the next seven days fully focused on facilitating a secure inauguration. Additionally, an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden Administration. “, Held.
The Republican leader spoke after the Lower House approved on Wednesday the opening of a new impeachment trial against Trump. This time under the accusation of “incitement to insurrection”, for last week’s assault on the Capitol.
Trump thus becomes the only president in US history to be politically prosecuted on two occasions.
This Wednesday’s vote ended with 232 votes in favor and 197 against, with ten Republican legislators joining the entire Democratic caucus.
The outgoing president criticized the new impeachment trial against him as “absolutely ridiculous.” He also called it “a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.”