Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has informed him that the article of impeachment against President Trump will be delivered to the Senate on Monday, paving the way for a trial.
The House of Representatives this month voted to impeach Trump for a second time in his presidency for “incitement of insurrection” after a mob of his supporters besieged the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a failed attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden‘s electoral college win.
“I’ve spoken to Speaker Pelosi who informed me that the article will be delivered to the Senate on Monday,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor Friday.
Schumer has been discussing how to organize the Senate and the upcoming impeachment trial with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Meanwhile, President Biden has been pushing the Senate to find a way to handle his Cabinet impeachments, legislation and the impeachment trial all at the same time. Schumer has been supportive of this goal.
“The Senate must and will do all three; COVID relief; confirmation of nominees and impeachment trial,” Schumer said. He said the Senate’s “first order of business” was to confirm more Biden nominees, including Lloyd Austin for secretary of defense on Friday.
“The Senate will also conduct a second impeachment trial,” Schumer added, addressing some Republicans who have said a Senate cannot do an impeachment trial after a president has left office.
“Make no mistake, a trial will be held in the United States Senate and there will be a vote to convict the president,” Schumer said, saying any argument otherwise “defies basic common sense.”
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Fox News’ Kelly Phares contributed to this report.
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