The US Senate can’t conduct a “fair or serious” trial of impeached US President Donald Trump in the brief time frame ahead of he leaves workplace next week, the Senate’s Republican leader mentioned Wednesday.
“Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect (Joe) Biden is sworn in next week,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell mentioned in a statement.
Trump was impeached Wednesday on one particular charge of “incitement of insurrection” for his comments at a rally final Wednesday when he whipped up a pro-Trump mob that laid siege to the US Capitol, clashed with police and threatened the lives of US lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence. The impeachment now triggers a trial in the Senate.
But “even if the Senate process were to begin this week and move promptly, no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump had left office,” added McConnell.
He noted that the 3 preceding impeachment trials - of Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1999 and Trump final year - lasted 83 days, 37 days, and 21 days respectively.