McConnell shoots down effort to reconvene Senate early for impeachment trial: Report

Recent reports indicate Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is in favor of the latest impeachment effort against President Donald Trump.

Nevertheless, he has no plans to rush a Senate trial that could theoretically cut the president’s term in office short.

“Call the Senate back”

According to The Hill, McConnell shot down a request to reconvene the Senate for an early trial following Wednesday’s vote to make Trump the only president in U.S. history to have been impeached twice. With the support of 10 Republicans, the vote to impeach passed the lower chamber by a margin of 232–197, the BBC reported.

McConnell’s Democratic counterpart, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), confirmed that he made the request: “I’ve asked him to call the Senate back — all he needs is my agreement, I’m still the minority leader,” Schumer said, according to The Hill.

Barring unanimous consent from all senators, however, McConnell is reportedly unwilling to reconvene the Senate prior to Jan. 19 — one day before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The trial would not begin any sooner than Jan. 20, but could begin as soon as an hour into Biden’s fledgling administration.

In a statement on Wednesday, McConnell indicated that there is “simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week.”

“I have not made a final decision”

Should the Senate vote to convict Trump, even after he leaves office, a simple majority vote thereafter could bar him from seeking future federal elected office. For McConnell’s part, such a result could be a net positive.

He is said to have privately expressed a desire to purge Trump from the GOP, though he declined in a memo to colleagues to reveal how he might vote on the matter.

“While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell explained in the memo, as The Hill reported separately.

One Senate Republican who opposes impeachment noted in his own statement that the effort would be unconstitutional given the current timeline.

“The Founders designed the impeachment process as a way to remove officeholders from public office — not an inquest against private citizens,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) argued, according to the New York Post. “The Constitution presupposes an office from which an impeached officeholder can be removed.”

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        1. NOT EVEN VOTES TO GET IT THROUGH.

          GOD, HIMSELF, WILL HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THIS MESS!
          THE QUESTION IS…..W H E N?

      1. Thank God!!! But they still need to stop behaving like a bunch of bullies on the playground! This isn’t grade school and they are ruining everything by behaving like this! Nancy is one of the worst! Knock it off!!!!

    1. if they do this political phony trail all of us need to treat the democrats for 4 years like they did President Trump

    2. The Democrats have pulled another phony impeachment on Trump. They have proof that the Black Lives Matter was the ones destroying the capitol. They have arrested the leader but watch them turn him loose so he won’t talk.Who would have ever believed our government would have sunk so low just to get rid of Trump.

      1. They can not do our president that way! Democrats are afraid of him, since he goes with the Constitution of the United States. Democrats
        should be afraid because they know that they actually caused the corruption of the election 2020 in this country. As a citizen, I can’t do it, but someone in authority out there can!!! We wil see!!

      2. I agree. I heard Antifa and BLM squeezed themselves into the rally to try to dethrone Trump. The facts of the investigation are critical and a court date cannot be set up before inauguration.

        1. I firmly believe that it was a set up so that Democrats will arm themselves with “evidence” to pin on Trump. First of all the FBI knew of the planned demonstration one day before, and should have been prepared. Secondly, the Capitol police refused help which was offered. Thirdly the rioters were allowed by guard opening the doors as you would welcome guests. Additionally, guards were seen taking selfies with the rioter. Now we learned that there were Antifa and BLM infiltrators in the Trump supporters group. President Trump has done nothing wrong and he even instructed the demonstrators to be peaceful.

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  2. I am rather sick of these people democrats and Republicans. They just done want President Trump not to be able to run for office again. They are just afraid of him and how he may expose them. They are so dirty and corrupt but they have so many people buffaloes the seem to get away with everything. I feel that they setup the riot in DC!

    1. Democrats set it up to destroy our president. They sent in Antifa and BLM which are both terrorist groups! Trump did not send in any of those jerks!

  3. Mitch McConnell. You don’t need to listen to ANYTHING. We all know these are trumped up charges against our President and they have no merit. I am sure you know that too!! Therefore, you don’t need to listen to any arguments because none of them will hold water. You should already know that. If you do not stick by our President and do the right thing, then what earthly good are you to the American people???? Oh, wait, let me answer that: NONE!!!

  4. Mitch McConnell needs to stand up and just admit that President Trump will be out of office on the 20th. Let the man have a little peace during his last few days. Nancy Pelosi has made sure the man has been through hell for his 4 years. She needs to be removed and anyone that voted to put her back in needs to be removed Their not for the American citizens, just their own ego. I’m sure she spent money earned as House Speaker, ask President Trump how he spent his salary as President? If I’m not mistaken, he donated his salary.

    1. Yes he did. Politics have never been so dirty until now. Even Chicago in the twenties would not be able to equal this bunch of slimy Democrats. It will not go well and we will all pay for the crime.

    2. This is so amazing to see how all the crooked Democrats are truly scared of Pres Trump to the point that the inauguration of their President is only second to crazy Nancy’s impeachment craving.

  5. Mitch McConnell needs to stand-up to the Democrat mob and stop this impeachment sham as it is a swamp backed effort to destroy our constitution and sidestep due process. President Trump is innocent of the charges made and this is a disgrace and is further dividing this country and makes America look weak to our enemies, particularly China who is waiting to take advantage of all of this turmoil!

  6. Rush to judgement impeachment before facts are even in!!! All a setup by Power Hungry Nancy and to make Trump Supporters look like RIOTERS!!! Mitch is part of the Establishment and needs that lobbyist money! This is all about the HATRED and wasted taxpayer money and time. We have so much more work to be doing for the American People!! 75 million of us aren’t going away. We want our Leaders to listen to us. God Bless America

  7. Alan Derschowitz claims this is an illegal impeachment. I won’t even try to paraphrase him but I’m pretty sure you can find it on-line somewhere. Unless of course he has been banned for giving his professional opinion that is contrary to the demonRats

    1. That’s right! He is! Once the demons are done using him ! He’s out! Any fool can see that!!! Good writtens!!!!!

  8. Convene a Kangaroo Court for Biden. He’ll be available and is one of the plotters who tried to undermine Trump.

  9. I am a sooo ashamed of you Mitch Mcconnell, the traitor Rhino’s and the lethargic Republican elected officials for believing the lies that have caused this travesty for President Trump. You know the riots were planned and outsiders planted in the guards and the crowd for the purpose of causing exactly what happened so President Trump’s supporters could be blamed. We know now the truth, but nothing is being done at this time to investigate and correct the election results or to make sure the truth is mandated in this riot chaos. The riots were not his fault. I am disheartened and sick at what is happening to President Trump and my country. May God help us all! Praying.

  10. Anyone with common sents should know the
    democrats are dealthly afraid of Trump. They will do anything posible legally or illegally to make shure he can never run for president again.
    The swamp is still there.

    1. Hopefully by 2024 some of those old evils will be on to the nex plain! And I don’t mean the good one!!!! Maybe sooner!

  11. President Trump still has time to declare martial law, and he should! Stop this travesty and bring the guilty to a military tribunal, and prosecute all of them, starting with Piglosi! She has overstepped her authority, compromised our congress, and committed treason! She should be the first to be prosecuted !

  12. Greene can bring impeachment charges against Biden all she wants. It is an exercise in futility on her part. It would never happen as long as Piglosi is house speaker. She would have to bring it to the house floor for a vote, and she will never do thst( unless SHE wants Biden out so she can somehow step in as president) but—— the califonia ho stands in her way of that, so no go!

  13. This all goes to show how power hungry and corrupt this congress is and how little they care about the American people they are only out for them selves. We the people should be determining how long they can be in office not them selves. We the people should vote on there pay package and raises not them selves. Let them have pay packages and health packages like the average American.

  14. The riots on 1/6 were all set up by the democrats..why do you think that said no to help on policing (3 times) at least once by Pelosi.? It was so planned that anyone (if they look at the facts) could see it! I am so sick of the democRATs getting away scot free. Pelosi needs to get out her rosary if she has one .

    1. Norma Banks, so very true if only people need not judge but look at all the pictures and facts before and after. They also will see the truth.

  15. President Trump has never been impeached they did not succeed in doing so. If it was true he would have been taken out of office, as you see he was not. Pelosi and her baby rats continued to use those words maybe she needed more of a high as her alcohol is not enough anymore. Pelosi loves throwing those words around to try and destroy President Trump in the peoples eyes. Everything they have blamed President Trump for are the (REAL) things that they have done. That is how they come up with all the illegal crimes they are known for and try to use them on our President Trump.

  16. McConnell You need to step up for Trump not the democrat party. Trump did not cause the attack and we know it. Stop the impeachment. It is the democrats who should be impeached for doing a coup against our president and so many other things days after day. It is the democrats who caused this not conservatives.

  17. THAT SO MUCH JEALOUSY & ILL WILL OF THE DEMS/RINOS IS GOING INTO PULLING STRINGS TO NAIL PRES. TRUMP A FEW DAYS BEFORE HE LEAVES OFFICE IS PROOF THAT HE HAS BEEN AN UNEQUALED DYNAMIC FORCE AS POTUS THAT THE “DO NOTHING DEMS” ARE WETTING THEIR BLOOMERS AS THEY TRY TO GRAPPLE, IN THE FACE OF ALL HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS…WITH THEIR OWN INEPTNESS. THEY’RE LIKE JAPANESE BEETLES CRAWLING OUT OF THE SOIL IN JULY TO DEMOLISH THE ANNUAL ROSE CROP.

    THEIR BRAND OF “DEDICATED HARD WORK” IS TO…. SHOOT DOWN….. PRES. TRUMP, ALL CONSERVATIVES, PATRIOTS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, MILITARY, CHRISTIANS, JEWS ALIKE BECAUSE THEY ARE THE PRIME EXAMPLES OF THE INTELLIGENCE, DEDICATION, GRACE, LOVE, MERCY, GOODNESS, 24/7 EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT THAT MAKES THE WHEELS OF OUR NATION TURN.

    THIS IS AN AWFULLY LOT OF PEOPLE AND THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS THEY’RE TRYING TO RUB OUT IN ORDER TO TRY AND MAKE SOMEONE THINK “THEY’RE THE MARINES THAT HAVE LANDED”.

    THE ONLY WAY THESE “OTL’S” (OUT-TO-LUNCH’S) COULD POSSIBLY OVERTAKE THIS NATION IS BY DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST…LIE, CHEAT, STEAL. “YOU CAN’T MAKE A SILK PURSE OUT OF A PIG’S EAR”.

    THEY CAN IMPEACH PRES. TRUMP EVERY DAY FOR A YEAR AND IT WON’T CHANGE A THING….HE OUT-PERFORMED ALL YOU DEM/RINO LOSERS OUT THERE.

  18. If a senate trial is left until after the inauguration, it WILL NOT be a “ fair trial”, it will be a kangaroo court farce like the last one! McConnell is shooting himself in the foot, along with the stupid rinos who voted for this impeachment! Remember their names people, primary them and take them out, that is IF we even have a mid-term election! By the look of things, that is a very remote possibility. They won’t hold a fair election, just more of the same fraud in our national” rigged” election!

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