McConnell hands off new Trump impeachment battle to Schumer

McConnell hands off new Trump impeachment battle to Schumer


The Senate is in recess until Jan. 19, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled he won’t reconvene if the House next week decides to vote on and pass impeachment articles against President Trump, a source familiar with the matter told the Washington Examiner on Friday.

That means it will likely be up to incoming Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, to take up impeachment after Trump leaves office on Jan. 20.

The move is not surprising.

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The Senate was not scheduled to be in session next week. The Democratic-led House could reconvene next week, however, and pass impeachment articles against the president, whom they blame for Wednesday’s siege of the U.S. Capitol.

Democrats introduced impeachment articles on Friday, citing Trump for prompting “insurrection” after his followers violently swarmed the Capitol, resulting in five deaths, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer and an Air Force veteran who was part of the protests.

If the Senate

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