McConnell outlines for GOP how impeachment may play out in Senate

McConnell outlines for GOP how impeachment may play out in Senate
Mitch McConnell

[Ed. – The Senate is in the Twilight Zone now, divided 50-50 and in theory still able to break a tie in favor of Republicans with Vice President Pence.  With a Vice President Harris that would shift to an effective Democratic majority. But between now and 20 January, the key is being in recess, and needing unanimous consent to reconvene for new business.]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Friday sent a letter to GOP senators sharing a summary of how the upper chamber could legally “dispose of any articles of impeachment” against President Trump before Jan. 20. …

“The Senate is currently in recess and is holding pro forma sessions every three days until January 19. Pursuant to the unanimously approved order setting up the recess and these pro forma sessions, the Senate may conduct no business until January 19,” McConnell wrote.


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McConnell then laid out possible scenarios for Jan. 19, 20 and 21, essentially saying that unless Chief Justice John Roberts presides over an impeachment trial starting on Jan. 19, and unless House managers exhibit articles before the Senate on the same day the Senate is informed on impeachment on Jan. 19, the Senate trial would likely “begin after President Trump’s term has expired.”

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