A Senate trial on whether to convict President Trump on a House impeachment article would take weeks and cannot be completed before the end of his term on Jan. 20, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday.
McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who said he might even vote to convict Trump on the House charge of inciting insurrection, said there simply isn’t enough time to hold a trial and Senate vote in the next seven days.
“Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week,” McConnell said.
McConnell has been at the center of speculation about the fate of the House impeachment article Republican and Democratic House lawmakers passed Wednesday afternoon. The Senate is out of session until Tuesday, but Democrats were angling to find a way to reconvene by using an emergency procedure to