Schumer said on the Senate floor on Friday, “I have spoken to Speaker Pelosi who informed me that the articles will be delivered to the Senate on Monday.”
Unless there is an agreement to change the plans, this would mean the Senate would begin the impeachment trial at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday, according to CNN.
“The Senate will conduct a trial of the impeachment of Donald Trump. It will be a full trial. It will be a fair trial. But make no mistake, there will be a trial, and when that trial ends, senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John Trump incited the insurrection against the United States.”
Watch Schumer’s comments below:
— The Hill (@thehill) January 22, 2021
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Friday, “This impeachment began with an unprecedentedly fast and minimal process over in the House. The sequel cannot be an insufficient senate process that denies former President Trump his due process or damages the Senate or the presidency itself.”
He continued, “Senate Republicans strongly believe we need a full and fair process where the former president can mount a defense and the Senate can properly consider the factual, legal, and constitutional questions at stake.”
Pelosi added, “That’s not how you unify. Joe Biden said it beautifully, ‘If we’re going to unite, you must remember,’ and we must, we must bring this. And look, that’s our responsibility, to uphold the integrity of the Congress of the United States.”
According to The Hill, while a two-thirds majority vote is needed in the Senate to convict Trump — requiring at least 17 Republican senators — only a few Republican senators so far plan to convict him.
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