Impeachment Trial to Start Next Week
Articles likely to be sent by House Wednesday
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that the Senate impeachment trial will likely begin a week from now with preliminary steps taking place in the coming days. The House has yet to vote to send the articles of impeachment and to appoint House managers to present the case against the President. Their vote is expected on Wednesday.
"The House is likely to finally send the articles over to us tomorrow and we'll be able to, we believe, if that happens in all likelihood go through some preliminary steps here this week, which could well include the Chief Justice coming over and swearing in members of the Senate and some other kind of housekeeping measures," McConnell said. "We hope to be able to achieve that by consent, which would set us up to begin the actual trial next Tuesday."
Representative Jim Banks of Indiana is urging President Trump to inform House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he will refuse to give his State of the Union address until after the cloud of impeachment is lifted.
“It’s not just America watching the State of the Union each year. Tehran is watching. Hong Kong is watching. Taipei is watching,” Banks said in arguing that President Trump should have a chance for a more unifying address. Senator John Cornyn of Texas agreed.
President Trump is slated to give the State of the Union speech on February 4 -- just two weeks after his impeachment trial in the Senate is expected to commence. Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said the Senate trial could last as long as six weeks after the Majority Leader warned that “both sides” may have the opportunity to call witnesses.
- For the House of Representatives as they vote to send over the articles of impeachment and select managers to oversee the trial of the president.
- For Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he navigates the set-up and rules for the coming trial.
- For President Trump and his decision on whether to postpone delivery of the State of the Union address.
- For the team that will represent President Trump at the impeachment trial in the Senate.