The leader of the Republican majority of the US Senate, 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, so which called to focus on a “orderly transition of power”.
“Given the Senate rules, procedures, and precedents governing impeachment trials, simply there is no chance that a fair or serious trial can be concluded before the president-elect [Joe] Biden take the oath next week “, the powerful senator said in a statement.
McConnell illustrated that the Senate has held three impeachment trials: “They have lasted 83, 37 and 21 days, respectively”.
“Even if the Senate process started this week and progressed rapidly, a final verdict would not be reached until after President Trump left office, “ McConnell sentenced, clarifying that “this is not a decision”; “it is a fact”.
“In light of this reality,” he argued, “I think it will be better for our nation if Congress and the Executive branch spend the next seven days fully focused on facilitating a safe takeover and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Administration of Biden “.
Similarly, McConnell confirmed that the trial will begin in the first regular meeting of the Senate, which is on recess until January 19, “after receiving the article from the House of Representatives.”
“Incitement to insurrection”
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 who is politically prosecuted on two occasions.
This Wednesday’s vote ended with 232 votes in favor and 197 against, with ten Republican legislators joining to the entire Democratic caucus.
The outgoing president has criticized the new impeachment against him as “absolutely ridiculous” and “a continuation of the biggest witch hunt in the history of politics. “