It’s difficult to discern exactly what game Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is playing when it comes to the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, but in the eyes of millions of Republican voters, the fact that he’s engaged at all in a trial to remove Trump from an office he no longer holds is troubling enough.
On Thursday, McConnell proposed giving Trump until February to get prepared for a Senate impeachment trial, according to the Daily Caller, a move that adds more time between the former president leaving office and a show trial led by Democrats.
“I’ve sent a proposed timeline for the first phases of the upcoming impeachment trial to Leader Schumer and look forward to continuing to discuss it with him,” McConnell said in a release. “Senate Republicans are strongly united behind the principle that the institution of the Senate, the office of the presidency, and former President Trump himself all deserve a full and fair process that respects his rights and the serious factual, legal, and constitutional questions at stake.”
He continued, “Given the unprecedented speed of the House’s process, our proposed timeline for the initial phases includes a modest and reasonable amount of additional time for both sides to assemble their arguments before the Senate would begin to hear them.”
The new majority leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer, was clear that he will move forward with the impeachment of Trump, who is now a private citizen, calling it one of three “essential” things the Senate must accomplish in “the next several weeks.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not submitted the rushed article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate, for what would be a pointless trial certain to further divide the nation — other than to ensure that Trump never runs for the White House again.
Schumer’s remarks coming while he spoke from the Senate floor this week, where he called Trump’s presidency “the most chaotic and divisive presidency that can ever be remembered.”
(Never mind that the catastrophic resistance his party put forth from before Day 1 of Trump’s term contributed to much of the chaos.)
“Rioters, insurrectionists, white supremacists, and domestic terrorists tried to prevent the transfer of power,” Schumer further stated. “They were incited by none other than the President of the United States.”
McConnell, in what was seen as a stunning betrayal of the former president, accused Trump from the Senate floor Tuesday of provoking the violent crowd that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, saying he “provoked” the “mob” with lies about the election.
“The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals who tried to stop Congress from doing our duty. This mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like. But we pressed on,” McConnell said.
Despite all the blustering out of Washington about Trump’s remarks at a rally before the Capitol was stormed being responsible for what took place, the FBI has suggested that the attack was planned by extremists days, even weeks, before.
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