Article Of Impeachment Will Be Sent To The Senate Monday
By Claire Hardwick
The single article of impeachment that passed in the House will be sent to the Senate on Monday. While some Senate Republicans have argued against proceeding with the impeachment trial, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the process will move forward.
Schumer said, “Make no mistake, a trial will be held in the United States Senate and there will be a vote whether to convict the president. I’ve spoken to Speaker Pelosi, who informed me that the articles will be delivered to the Senate on Monday.”
In accordance with Senate rules, the trial is supposed to begin the day after the impeachment article is sent to the upper chamber. But in this case, Schumer has said he is working with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the timing and the structure of the trial.
McConnell initially wanted the trial to begin on January 28th, giving alimony a week from the inauguration and time for former President Trump to form a defense team. Speaking from the Senate floor, McConnell said, “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.”
The article of impeachment accuses Trump of ““willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.” 10 House Republicans, including Representative Liz Cheney, voted to impeach the president.
This second impeachment is the first time in history a president has been charged twice during his presidency. The House moved swiftly to impeach the president one week after the Capitol Hill riots, sending a clear message that the president’s role has to have consequences.
Why this matters: It is unclear whether Senate Republicans will vote this time to impeach Trump. Already, three senators have indicated they are open to voting yes, but as the president has had a firm grip on the party, it will reveal the direction of the party as the trial begins.