Trump impeachment trial to be heard after he leaves office: McConnell

Trump impeachment trial to be heard after he leaves office: McConnell


WASHINGTON — President Trump’s impeachment trial won’t be heard in the Senate until after he has already left office and Joe Biden is president, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed Tuesday.

The House of Representatives will vote later Tuesday on an article of impeachment accusing Trump of inciting an insurrection during last week’s Capitol riot, but the Senate is not due to reconvene until Jan. 19 — the day before Biden’s inauguration.

Democrats desperate to have the matter heard in the upper chamber as swiftly as possible lobbied McConnell (R-Ky.) to take up the matter while Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer explored a 2004 rule which would have allowed him to recall the chamber in an emergency.

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But on Tuesday, McConnell spokesman Doug Andres confirmed Washington Post reporting which said that McConnell’s office called Schumer and told him they would not consent to an emergency reconvening.

This means that Trump’s impeachment trial will almost certainly take

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