U.S. HOUSE TO DELIVER IMPEACHMENT CHARGE TO SENATE ON JANUARY 24
The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will deliver an impeachment charge against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, rejecting Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s request for a delay, David Morgan and Richard Cowan reported for Reuters.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who displaced McConnell as the chamber’s leader after Democrats won two Georgia runoff elections this month, announced the move on the Senate floor on Friday.
Schumer did not say when Trump’s second impeachment trial would begin. But he emphasized the need to move quickly on confirmation of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet and other key administration officials.
“The House will deliver the article of impeachment to the Senate. The Senate will conduct a trial of the impeachment of Donald Trump. It will be a full trial. It will be a fair trial,” Schumer said. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed the plan in a statement.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that the Senate should be able to move forward with both the trial and Biden’s agenda, beginning with his call for $1.9 trillion of fresh COVID-19 assistance for Americans and the U.S. economy.
“What cannot be delayed through this process is his proposal to get relief to the American people at this time of crisis,” Psaki told reporters.
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