Since the chaos in the nation’s capital on January 6, Democrats have strongly signaled that they’re ready to push articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump if he’s not removed from office via the 25th Amendment or from tendering his resignation.
According to The Blaze, while the mainstream media is hyping the strong possibility that another impeachment trial could be in play, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) just put the kibosh on their plan by announcing that the earliest that the Senate would take up the matter would be the day before the president leaves office.
In a memo obtained by the Washington Post, the Senate “will not reconvene for substantive business until Jan. 19, which means the earliest possible date that impeachment trial proceedings can begin in the Senate is the day before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.”
The one exception to that rule is two earlier dates when the Senate will convene for two Pro-forma sessions. Though impeachment proceedings are not allowed on those days, the rule could be waived if all 100 sitting senators agree on the matter, which in a Republican-controlled Senate, is virtually not even a remote possibility.
Making matters even more interesting is the fact that if the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) does move forward with the impeachment attempt, the process will likely be handed off to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is expected to claim the title of Senate Majority Leader given the outcome of the Georgia special runoff elections last week.
Not unexpectedly, House Democrats expressed their frustration with McConnell’s memo, arguing that the current Senate leader could easily make it happen if he really wanted to.
“If Mitch McConnell wants to move with expedition, he knows how to do it. And if he doesn’t, then he will bear the responsibility for whatever dangerous acts this president commits,” House Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said during an interview on MSNBC.
Adding to the potential confusion is that nobody is 100 percent sure who would preside over the impeachment. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts would typically preside over an impeachment involving a president, but if the schedule goes as McConnell intends, Trump will likely be a private citizen right as the Senate begins a trial.
In other words, 2021 is already competing with 2020 to become yet the craziest year in American politics in the country’s history.