Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will not agree to convene Congress’s upper chamber early to begin an impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, a McConnell spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
McConnell’s decision means a Senate impeachment trial would not begin until at least January 19, one day before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, and comes on the same day the House is expected to pass an article of impeachment against Trump over last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.
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— Doug Andres (@DougAndres) January 13, 2021
McConnell released a memo last week detailing the timeline of the anticipated impeachment trial, which said House impeachment managers would “exhibit” the article of impeachment on January 19 or 20 and the Senate would “proceed to consideration” of the article at 1:00 p.m. the following day, so officially beginning the trial on January 20 or 21, after Trump has already left office.