McConnell will not hold emergency Senate session, leaving impeachment trial after Trump's term
The Senate majority leader reportedly declined his colleagues' calls to convene promptly for an impeachment trial.
Concerns about the sitting president's fitness for office mounted in light of his conduct before the Capitol riot. Thousands of Trump's supporters stormed the federal complex immediately after attending his"Save America" rally at the Ellipse, during which he continued to claim, without evidence, that voting fraud and misconduct cost him a second term. His rhetoric, and his failure to diffuse the uprising that broke out at the Capitol, led House
Democratsto introduce an impeachment article seeking Trump's removal for"incitement of insurrection."If the House votes to pass the article on Wednesday, Trump would become the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. However, as was the case after the House impeached Trump on two articles in early 2020, the Senate has to convict the president at a trial for him to be removed from office.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.Drew Angerer/GettyAs members of the House engaged in debate and cast votes Wednesday afternoon, Trump issued a statement acknowledging his supporters' reported intentions to engage in additional, and possibly armed, protests ahead of Inauguration Day. headtopics.com
"In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You," he said in the statement, issued by the White House.
Trump was suspended from his social media accounts after the Capitol attack.Newsweekreached out to McConnell's office for confirmation and further comment but did not receive a reply in time for publication. Read more: Newsweek »
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After Trump's term, the Dems hold the Senate majority. It'll pass then. So much for the “I’m totes in favor of impeaching Trump” nonsense from yesterday. Spineless Couldn’t he just pretend it’s a session to confirm a Supreme Court judge? We all figured that Traitor Disgusting cowards Of course. DJT’s supporters will create chaos and danger to citizens. Republicans are the most ignorant and oblivious people on face of earth! They forgot Jan 6,2021?