In the past, Senate litigation has lasted between 21 and 83 days, points out leader Mitch McConnell.
The U.S. Senate does not have enough time to conduct a “fair or serious” federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump before he leaves Jan. 20.
That’s what Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says after Wednesday’s decision in the House of Representatives to initiate a federal lawsuit against Trump.
“Looking at the rules, procedures and past cases, there is simply no chance that a fair and serious trial can be concluded before future President Biden is sworn in next week,” McConnell said in a statement.
In light of this, I believe it will serve our nation best if Congress and the governing body spend the next seven days fully focusing on a secure deployment and a proper transfer of power to the future Biden administration.
In his statement, the Republican leader does not indicate whether he will vote to judge or acquit Trump.
Late Wednesday night Danish time, a majority in the House of Representatives – including ten Republicans – voted to initiate a federal lawsuit against Trump for inciting rebellion in connection with unrest at Congress last week.
Thus, Trump is the first president in American history to be put on trial before a federal court twice.
Now it is the second chamber of Congress, the Senate, to decide whether or not Trump should be found guilty. It requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate to declare the president guilty.
In the Senate, the balance of power is 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans.
Thus, at least 17 Republicans must turn their backs on Trump if the outgoing president is to be convicted of inciting rebellion.
“Even if the Senate process were to begin this week and go fast, there will be no final verdict until President Trump has left office,” McConnell said.
At the same time, he notes that the three previous state court cases against Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1999 and Trump last year lasted 83 days, 37 days and 21 days, respectively.
/ ritzau / AFP
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