Mitch McConnell: Senate Can’t Consider Trump Impeachment Until After Term Is Up

Written by Martin Walsh

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has revealed that the U.S. Senate will take no action on House Democrats’ effort to re-impeach President Donald Trump until after he is out of office.

McConnell’s statement is important because House Democrats are planning to introduce and potentially pass articles of impeachment against Trump this week over the chaos and mayhem at the U.S. Capitol last week.

McConnell said any House resolution on the matter could not be transmitted to the upper chamber until Jan. 19, based on the body’s current calendar.

“The Senate trial would therefore begin after President Trump’s term has expired,” McConnell wrote, according to the Washington Post.

With the 50-50 Senate still in Republican hands until Jan. 20, when Kamala Harris becomes vice president and gives the Democrats the majority, it would take a unanimous vote of all 100 senators to override McConnell’s calendar — a remote possibility.

A post-term impeachment trial for a former president would be a historical first, as would a second impeachment trial.

On Monday, House leaders will work to pass legislation that would force Vice President Mike Pence and the rest of the president’s Cabinet to oust Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment.

If it is blocked by Republicans, which is almost certain, the House will convene for a full House vote on Tuesday.

Last week, Pelosi called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Trump or the U.S. House of Representatives will seek impeachment.

While speaking to reporters, Pelosi spoke about protesters storming the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday after appearing at a “Stop the Steal” rally where Trump delivered remarks.

Pelosi said Trump should be removed from office for “instigating” the “seditious act” at the U.S. Capitol.

“I join the Senate Democratic leader in calling on the vice president to remove this president by immediately invoking the 25th Amendment. If the vice president and Cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment. That is the overwhelming sentiment of my caucus, and the American people, by the way.” Pelosi said.

“When you have the 25th … invoked, that would be calling upon the Vice President … to take the lead, and with a majority of the Cabinet, to be able to unseat the president of the United States … a very dangerous person,” she added.

“If the vice president and the cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment,” she said. “By inciting sedition like he did yesterday, he must be removed from office.”

She referred to the protestors as “terrorists” and “Trump thugs.”

Pelosi told reporters the “most immediate route” for removal would be Pence taking action but her members are “very much interested” in pursuing impeachment.

“The president must be held accountable,” she said. “He must be contained.”