Politics McConnell: Senate won't take up impeachment trial before Christmas

23:50  10 december  2019
23:50  10 december  2019 Source:   politico.com

McConnell weighs impeachment back-up plan if talks with Schumer fall apart

  McConnell weighs impeachment back-up plan if talks with Schumer fall apart It's unclear if the Senate leaders will be able to reach a deal for rules to govern an impeachment trial. The Senate majority leader said that the first action he will take if the House impeaches President Donald Trump is to meet with Minority Leader Schumer to see if they can replicate the success of Senate leaders 20 years ago during the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton. But if that doesn’t work out, his next step is probably to go to his 53 members and see if they can pass a partisan package governing the rules of the trial.

Senate Majority leader briefs Republican senators behind closed doors onnext steps in impeachment . Says he believe House could impeach Trump by Thanksgiving, putting Senate on track to hold a trial before Christmas . Senators will be silent on the floor as evidence is presented - McConnell joked it

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a preview of how a possible impeachment trial in the chamber would be conducted in a closed-door lunch He said that the House could pass articles of impeachment by Thanksgiving and the Senate could then finish its trial by Christmas , according to

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate would not hold an impeachment trial before the Christmas recess, despite a push from the White House for the chamber to take it up immediately.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.© Win McNamee/Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“What is not possible obviously would be to turn to an impeachment trial or to do [the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement] in the Senate before we break for Christmas,” McConnell told reporters, while outlining the Senate’s agenda for the rest of the year.

McConnell’s comments come after senators from both parties said Monday that they did not plan to ruin the holidays by taking up impeachment immediately. House Democrats on Tuesday released articles of impeachment, alleging President Donald Trump abused his power by pressuring the Ukrainian government to investigate his political rivals. The House is expected to pass articles of impeachment next week, paving the way for the Senate to take up the impeachment trial.

Schumer to colleagues running for White House: Impeachment comes first

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What is impeachment ? The Constitution permits Congress to remove presidents before their term is up if “When the Senate decided what the rules were going to be for our trial , they really made them up as But there is no obvious enforcement mechanism if Senator Mitch McConnell , Republican of

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that if the House impeaches President Trump he will “have no choice” but to hold a trial in the Senate and a vote on removing the president from office.

McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have yet to negotiate an agreement that would govern the Senate impeachment trial. Schumer said Tuesday he is willing to speak to McConnell “as soon as he’s ready.”

McConnell said Tuesday that he would expect House impeachment managers to present their argument for why the Senate should convict Trump, and the president’s lawyers would then respond with their defense. After that, the Senate will have two choices, McConnell outlined.

“It could go down the path of calling witnesses and basically having another trial, or it could decide — and again 51 members could make that decision — that they’ve heard enough and believe they know what would happen and could move to vote on the two articles of impeachment,” McConnell explained.

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Senators from both parties are eager to postpone any impeachment trial to January. As soon as the House impeaches President Donald Trump, the Senate is in theory required to immediately begin a trial . I think to take it up before Christmas , a lot of bad things can happen, you move too fast, you

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Pressed on if he was saying the Senate would take action on impeachment , he added: "I would have no choice but to take it up , based on a The rules of impeachment are clear on this point," the aide said. What an eventual trial would look like is

The Kentucky Republican reiterated that he would be surprised if there were 67 senators — the two-thirds majority needed — to remove the president from office.

While much of the process has yet to be determined, one outstanding question is whether senators running for president will return from the campaign trail for the full impeachment trial. But Schumer emphasized Tuesday that the trial should be a priority.

“This has to come first,” he said. “This is one of the most solemn decisions that anyone has to make and I’ve told all members of my caucus that scheduling concerns are secondary to doing this the right way.”

It's not clear when the Senate will return in January. The Senate calendar for 2020 leaves the entire month of January blank — an ominous sign that the trial could consume the entire month.

McConnell didn't offer a specific date for the Senate to return, but said "it'll be right around the time the bowl games end."

Democratic candidates call for White House officials to testify during Senate impeachment trial .
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and businessman Tom Steyer during Thursday's Democratic primary debate called on White House officials to testify during the Senate's impeachment trial."As we face this trial in the Senate, if the president claims that he is so innocent, then why doesn't he have all the president's men testify?" Klobuchar told the audience at the PBS News Hour/Politico debate in Los Angeles.

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