Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, has ruled out a Senate impeachment trial for President Donald Trump before incoming President Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
“There is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week,” McConnell said in a statement shared on Twitter.
“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.
“This is not a decision I am making; it is a fact,” he wrote.
The top Senate Republican suggested Congress spends the next week “focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden administration.”
His comments come after the House of Representatives voted to impeach impeach Trump for inciting last week’s deadly Capitol siege, triggering a Senate trial.
Democrats have pushed McConnell to quickly begin the trial.
United States President-elect, Joe Biden, has finally reacted to President Donald Trump’s impeachment by the House of Representatives.
Reacting to Trump’s impeachment in a statement a few moments earlier, Biden lauded the House of Representatives led by Nancy Pelosi, for exercising the power at their disposal to hold accountable the Republican.
“Today, the members of the House of Representatives exercised the power granted to them under our Constitution and voted to impeach and hold the president accountable,” said Biden.
“It was a bipartisan vote cast by members who followed the Constitution and their conscience,” he added.