Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) proposed on a call with Republican senators Thursd…
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inauguratedBiden’s inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fearMcConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticismMORE (R-Ky.) proposed on a call with Republican senators Thursday that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden’s Inauguration DayArizona Republican’s brothers say he is ‘at least partially to blame’ for Capitol violenceBiden reverses Trump’s freeze on .4 billion in fundsMOREs impeachment trial be delayed until February to give the former president enough time to mount a defense.
McConnell told colleagues that Trump should have at least as much time as the president had in previous trials, which means he would like to postpone the proceeding until the second week of February, according to Republican senators on the call.
It would have been the 10th or 11th [of February] or somewhere in there, said Sen. Mike BraunMichael BraunSenate confirms Biden’s intel chief, giving him first Cabinet officialTop Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden winCongress affirms Biden win after rioters terrorize CapitolMORE (R-Ind.), who said McConnell wants to give Trump the same amount of time he had to prepare for the first impeachment trial and that former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden’s Inauguration DayTrump’s pardons harshly criticized by legal expertsSenate confirms Biden’s intel chief, giving him first Cabinet officialMORE had to prepare for his 1999 impeachment trial.
Braun said McConnells timeline was geared to be similar to that.
Senators on the call also said that Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticismSchumer becomes new Senate majority leaderSenate presses Biden’s pick for secretary of State on Iran, China, Russia and YemenMORE (R-S.C.), one of Trumps closest allies, announced that the former president had hired Butch Bowers, an attorney from South Carolina, to defend him at the Senate trial.
McConnell on Thursday said he hadnt heard back from Democrats on postponing the trial.
Not yet, were going to continue to talk about it, he said.
McConnell has pointed out to GOP colleagues previously that under the Senates impeachment rules, a trial is required to begin the day after the House managers present the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber.
The rules also require the Senate sit in trial every day except Sundays until it delivers a verdict.
But McConnell has leverage with Democrats because they are eager to begin work immediately on confirming President Biden’s Cabinet nominees and on a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal.
Some Democrats have called for a trial that lasts only a few days, but this would require cooperation from Republicans to keep the trial short and prevent a lengthy delay of Biden’s agenda.