Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has informed him that the article of impeachment against President Trump will be delivered to the Senate on Monday, paving the way for a trial.
The House of Representatives this month voted to impeach Trump for a second time in his presidency for “incitement of insurrection” after a mob of his supporters besieged the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a failed attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college win.
“I’ve spoken to Speaker Pelosi who informed me that the article will be delivered to the Senate on Monday,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor Friday.
Schumer has been discussing how to organize the Senate and special rules for the upcoming impeachment trial with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. No agreement has been reached. If one is not, then the standing Senate impeachment rules will go into effect, forcing the Senate to convene every day at 1 p.m., excluding Sundays, to consider the impeachment “until final judgment shall be rendered.”
McConnell suggested a set of pre-trial procedures on Thursday that would delay the event by a few weeks, but the decision by Pelosi, D-Calif., instead sends the Senate potentially careening on a collision course with a full trial next week.
“Yesterday I also shared a proposal for the pre-trial steps in the Senate impeachment process that appears to be headed our way — and as I understand is about to be headed our way Monday,” McConnell said. “By Senate rules, if the article arrives, we have started trial. Right then.”
The minority leader warned against rushing the actual impeachment trial after what’s been called a “snap impeachment” in the House. He warned rushing the trial without due process may harm the Senate as an institution.
McConnell added: “[A delayed timeline] would have provided the Senate some more floor time before we step up fully into the unknown of a trial, which by the way would have been a substantial benefit to the incoming administration.”
Meanwhile, President Biden has been pushing the Senate to find a way to handle his Cabinet impeachments, legislation and the impeachment trial all at the same time. Schumer has been supportive of this goal.
“The Senate must and will do all three; COVID relief; confirmation of nominees and impeachment trial,” Schumer said. He said the Senate’s “first order of business” was to confirm more Biden nominees, including Lloyd Austin for secretary of defense on Friday.
“The Senate will also conduct a second impeachment trial,” Schumer added, addressing some Republicans who have said a Senate cannot do an impeachment trial after a president has left office.
“Make no mistake, a trial will be held in the United States Senate and there will be a vote to convict the president,” Schumer said, saying any argument otherwise “defies basic common sense.”
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Fox News’ Kelly Phares contributed to this report.