US House Could Send Trump Impeachment Charge To Senate as Soon as Friday

 The U.S. House of Representatives could as early as Friday send an impeachment charge accusing former President Donald Trump of inciting insurrection to the Senate, which must decide his fate and whether to block him from seeking office again.

A source familiar with the planning told Reuters the House could transmit the article of impeachment it approved last week as early as Friday and No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said he expected it “in a day or two.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to answer reporters’ questions about when she would submit the charge, a necessary prelude to starting what would be the first Senate impeachment trial of a president after leaving office.

With new President Joe Biden pushing for quick Senate confirmation of Cabinet nominees and congressional approval of a coronavirus aid bill, Durbin told MSNBC on Thursday that Democrats will “have to decide how to work it into a very busy calendar, but it is a priority.”

Durbin also told reporters in the Capitol that it was still not determined whether the Senate will hold a “full-blown trial with evidence and witnesses” or an “expedited” procedure.

In a House vote last week, the Republican Trump became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. It charged him with inciting the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, a failed attempt to prevent Congress from formally certifying Biden’s victory.

Democrats, who hold a House majority, narrowly took control of the Senate on Wednesday, but at least two-thirds of the 100-member body are required to convict Trump. A separate vote would be needed to block him from running for office again.

Under Senate rules, the trial would start a day after the House delivered the charge. It was unclear, however, whether a delay might be engineered, as some Democrats have hinted, to keep Biden’s agenda and appointments on track.

Some Senate Republicans have argued that Congress should not put a former president on trial and that to do so will further divide the country.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, told Fox News: “I think President Trump continues to have that ability to lead this party and unite.”

But Pelosi said: “I don’t think it’s very unifying to say, ‘Oh, let’s just forget it and move on.’ That’s not how you unify,” she said.

(Reporting by Makini Brice, Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Howard Goller)

Responses

  1. The first thing on her agenda should have been arranging appropriate facilities to stay in for the 25,000 National Guard troops who had to spend their break times after 12 hour shifts, participating in the Democrat charade, sleeping on Capital lobby floors and then in the Capital garage.

    What a disgrace number one for the charade and then to have the troops sleep on floors.

  2. No one wants a civil war, civility left this country years/decades ago, but I do agree with Glen’s assertion that this is a complete waste of time and (perhaps more importantly) money.

    I’d like to thank the fiscally irresponsible morons who are moving forward with this idiocy.

    1. Money is never a real issue, Morte206. People try to make it an issue, but it is not. The old Republicans and the now American Fascists have proved that time and time again.

      However, not holding people accountable for their own actions, for decades, HAS been a serious issue. When Obama got in office, he literally said that he wanted to look ahead, not back, which meant that Bush 2 and his administration were never held accountable for their war crimes and what led to the financial crash, as examples. Only one sacrificial lamb went to jail over the financial collapse and we are STILL paying the price for that missed opportunity to right some very big wrongs.

      If we truly want to stop a fascist from ever getting power again, then we must hold Dear Leader accountable right now, when it makes most sense to do so. Today.

    2. Morte, I missed you and glad to see you back. But as a conservative you must still believe in personal responsibility and accountability. WHAT occurred on Jan 6th will be remembered and studied for the next hundred years. Just like Sept 11th, it will not be forgotten. Generations from now will be looking for the actions we took to stop the domestic terrorism going on in the country.—Not just the arrest of insurgents but those who lit the fire. Christopher Wray testified publicly before Congress on the dangers of right-wing extremism and those warnings were ignored by Trump, Giuliani, Powell, Wood, Hawley, Cruz, McCarthy, some on FOX News, and all on Newsmax. The entire country was advised of the dangers of the lies spread by QAnon, but MANY R’s chose to repeat Trump’s lies while knowing of the danger. The next generations are watching as well as the world is watching. Is an insurrection what we want them to believe was Making America Great Again. The cost of the impeachment hearings is a very small fraction of the cost to the reputation of America. Are we going to tell future generations that we believed “Donald Trump learned his lesson”?? Senate R’s tried that in February, 2020 and that did not work out well for America.

  3. Why are they wasting time on this nonsense??? The only advantage I see is if they prosecute Trump for inflammatory rhetoric they will be forced to apply equal standards to so many of the liberals who openly called for violence against the government or the general public these past four years? Who do they think they are fooling? Everyone knows there is a double standard for the riotous Antifa/BLM radicals running amok in this country. Do they really want a civil war? They probably do.

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