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McConnell said, during a press conference held on Wednesday evening after the House of Representatives voted in favor of passing the bill on impeachment, that the Senate will begin discussing Trump’s impeachment during its first planned session, in accordance with his agenda after receiving the legislation, that is, next Tuesday.
McConnell said, “Even if the process starts in the Senate and it will proceed immediately, the final judgment will not be issued before President Trump leaves office. This is not a decision that is up to me, this is a fact.”
The Republican leader in the Senate added that there was no possibility of a fair and serious trial on Trump’s impeachment completed before Jan.20
He considered that it would be better for Congress to focus during the next 7 days on ensuring the security of the inauguration ceremony of the new president and the orderly transfer of power to his administration.
And 232 lawmakers in the House of Representatives, including 10 Republicans and 222 Democrats, supported the impeachment of Trump, compared to the rejection of 197 deputies.
Trump thus became the first president in US history to face impeachment twice.
The Democrats, who dominate in the lower house of Congress, accuse Trump of “inciting the revolt” in a speech he gave on January 6 and is widely considered to have urged his supporters to storm Congress.
After the bill on impeachment of Trump is passed, the document will be sent to the Senate, the upper house of Congress where Republicans dominate.
Today’s House vote in favor of impeachment paves the way for Trump to be tried in the Senate with the aim of impeaching him and preventing him from holding the presidency again if convicted of incitement to revolt.