UNITED STATES.- The United States Senate cannot carry out a “fair or serious” impeachment of the president Donald Trump in the few days left before I leave office. As expressed by the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, in a statement released shortly after a bipartisan majority of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives approved starting the impeachment.
According to the rules, procedures, and precedents in the Senate governing impeachment, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial can end before the president-elect Joe Biden I will be sworn in next week, ”Republican McConnell said, according to the AFP.
With almost all the votes counted, 217 legislators, in a current majority of 433, the Lower House accused the Republican president of “inciting insurrection”, after in a fiery speech on January 6 he urged his supporters to march towards the Capitol when Congress certified the electoral victory of the Democrat. At least 10 Republicans voted along with the Democrats who brought the impeachment.
“Even if the process began this week and moved quickly, there will not be a verdict until the president has already left office,” added McConnell. He also warned that he will not call an extraordinary session before January 19, when the Senate is scheduled to meet again. The three previous political trials – of Andrew Jackson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1999, and Trump himself between 2019 and 2020 – lasted 83, 37 and 21 days, respectively.
The Democratic leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer, stressed that McConnell could initiate the trial “immediately”, if he wanted. Otherwise, the process could begin after Biden’s inauguration. But make no mistake, there will be a political trial in the United States Senate. “There will be a vote to convict the president of serious crimes and misdemeanors, and if he is convicted, there will be a vote to prohibit him from being a candidate again,” said Schumer.