Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has revealed that the U.S. Senate will take no action on House Democrats’ effort to re-impeach President Donald Trump until after he is out of office.
McConnell’s statement is important because House Democrats are planning to introduce and potentially pass articles of impeachment against Trump this week over the chaos and mayhem at the U.S. Capitol last week.
McConnell said any House resolution on the matter could not be transmitted to the upper chamber until Jan. 19, based on the body’s current calendar.
“The Senate trial would therefore begin after President Trump’s term has expired,” McConnell wrote, according to the Washington Post.
The report added:
The memo also notes that it is “unclear” whether Chief Justice John Roberts, who is constitutionally required to preside over the Senate impeachment trial of a president, would still be required to do so once Trump is out of office.
However, while some of the exact rules are unclear, overall, there is nothing stopping the trial from going forward once Trump leaves office, a conviction could still bar him from holding elected office again.
Last week, Pelosi called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Trump or the U.S. House of Representatives will seek impeachment.
While speaking to reporters, Pelosi spoke about protesters storming the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday after appearing at a “Stop the Steal” rally where Trump delivered remarks.
Pelosi said Trump should be removed from office for “instigating” the “seditious act” at the U.S. Capitol.
“I join the Senate Democratic leader in calling on the vice president to remove this president by immediately invoking the 25th Amendment. If the vice president and Cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment. That is the overwhelming sentiment of my caucus, and the American people, by the way.” Pelosi said.
“When you have the 25th … invoked, that would be calling upon the Vice President … to take the lead, and with a majority of the Cabinet, to be able to unseat the president of the United States … a very dangerous person,” she added.
“If the vice president and the cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment,” she said. “By inciting sedition like he did yesterday, he must be removed from office.”
She referred to the protestors as “terrorists” and “Trump thugs.”
Pelosi told reporters the “most immediate route” for removal would be Pence taking action but her members are “very much interested” in pursuing impeachment.
“The president must be held accountable,” she said. “He must be contained.”