Trump impeachment trial may hamper Biden congressional agenda in first days of presidency
President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial may hamper President-elect Joe Biden’s congressional agenda within the first days of his presidency if Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi transmits the article to the higher chamber earlier than the inauguration, Republicans warn, as Biden himself acknowledges considerations over lawmakers coping with each.
“Now, the method continues to the Senate — and I hope they’ll cope with their Constitutional tasks on impeachment whereas additionally engaged on the opposite pressing enterprise of this nation,” Biden mentioned in his assertion Wednesday after the Home impeached Trump.
The Senate is in recess and can return on Jan. 19. Majority Chief Mitch McConnell instructed GOP colleagues this week that the higher chamber wouldn’t reconvene early to tackle impeachment with out the consent of all 100 senators.
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The Home can ship a message to the secretary of the Senate whereas they’re in recess, informing the Senate that the Home has appointed managers to exhibit, or learn aloud, the articles of impeachment. However the Senate can take no motion on that message till it reconvenes on Jan. 19.
As soon as the Senate reconvenes, the secretary of the Senate notifies the physique of receipt of the message from the Home managers, triggering the Senate’s impeachment guidelines.
Throughout Trump’s January 2020 impeachment trial, and through former President Invoice Clinton’s January 1999 impeachment trial, the Senate instructed Home managers to exhibit, or learn aloud, the articles of impeachment the day after the Senate’s guidelines have been triggered.
Based mostly on Senate Impeachment Rule III, after the articles are exhibited by the Home managers, “the Senate shall, at 1 o’clock afternoon of the day… or sooner if ordered by the Senate, proceed to the consideration of” the article.
“Timing is every thing, they are saying,” a senior GOP aide instructed Fox Information. “With this actuality verify, will Pelosi and Schumer be so egocentric and shortsighted that they don’t let Biden have his day within the solar (on Inauguration Day) and get a clear begin on his mission to heal the nation?”
Biden, earlier this week, instructed reporters he requested senators if they might “bifurcate” their time between the Senate trial and different “pressing” enterprise.
“Can we go half-day on coping with the impeachment and half-day getting my folks nominated and confirmed within the Senate?” he instructed reporters.
The main focus of Biden crew is Senate confirmations of key Cupboard posts, in addition to the Biden agenda.
“I hope that the Senate management will discover a technique to cope with their Constitutional tasks on impeachment whereas additionally engaged on the opposite pressing enterprise of the nation,” Biden mentioned after Trump was impeached. “From confirmations to key posts comparable to secretaries for Homeland Safety, State, Protection, Treasury and Director of Nationwide Intelligence, to getting our vaccine program on monitor, and to getting our economic system going once more.”
Biden added: “Too many People have suffered for too lengthy over the previous 12 months to delay this pressing work.”
Fox Information has realized that the president-elect and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will on the identical time intention to drive a unifying message, and can stress that the U.S. “can’t afford to attend” on their coverage agenda – particularly relating to COVID-19, the economic system and nationwide safety – or confirmations.
And one other supply warned that after the Senate holds the article of impeachment, the higher chamber would fall into “paralysis,” saying “we will’t do the rest” however deal with impeachment.
“It steps on Biden’s message,” the supply mentioned.
Senate committees have begun scheduling hearings to contemplate Biden nominees this week.
The Senate Intelligence Committee mentioned it could maintain a listening to Friday, Jan. 15, to contemplate the nomination of Avril Haines for director of Nationwide intelligence; the Senate Overseas Relations Committee introduced a Jan. 19 listening to for Antony Blinken for secretary of State; and the Senate Finance Committee scheduled a Jan. 19 listening to for Janet Yellen as secretary of the Treasury.
At this level, the Biden crew continues to be awaiting a listening to for Alejandro Mayorkas to be thought-about as secretary of Homeland Safety – which the crew mentioned is a crucial submit that wants affirmation forward of Biden’s inauguration – and nominee for Protection secretary, Gen. Lloyd Austin.
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Sen. Chuck Schumer, who will quickly be Senate Majority Chief, is taking a look at methods to hurry by means of the Senate trial, which might historically take weeks and depart little time for different enterprise, in response to The Washington Publish.
The Home on Wednesday made historical past by voting to question Trump for a second time — this time for “incitement of rebel” after pro-Trump supporters besieged the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a failed try and cease the certification of Biden’s electoral school victory.
The Home votes 232-197 to question the president. Ten Republicans joined with Democrats.
Trump has only one week left in workplace, however supporters of the impeachment push say he’s too harmful to stay in workplace for a minute longer. The impeachment decision condemns Trump for spreading misinformation that he gained the election in a landslide, and for riling up a crowd of supporters in Washington D.C. earlier than the riot that killed 5 folks—together with a Capitol Police officer.
Not like the final Home impeachment of Trump in December 2019 for soliciting overseas interference within the presidential election, Democrats had GOP help. Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. three Home Republican, backed impeachment as a result of she mentioned the violent assault on the Capitol couldn’t have occurred with out Trump.
In the meantime, McConnell, who signaled help of the impeachment effort, instructed GOP colleagues Wednesday that he has “not made a remaining determination” on how he’ll vote on impeachment.
“Whereas the press has been filled with hypothesis, I’ve not made a remaining determination on how I’ll vote, and I intend to hearken to the authorized arguments when they’re introduced to the Senate,” McConnell mentioned.
McConnell’s remark comes after sources instructed Fox Information that McConnell is “accomplished” and “livid” with the president.
One supply instructed Fox Information on Tuesday that McConnell doesn’t see Home Democrats’ efforts to question Trump as a partisan train just like the earlier impeachment effort in 2019.
One other supply instructed Fox Information that McConnell confided to associates that impeachment will assist rid the Republican Get together of Trump and his motion.
Fox Information’ Tyler Olson and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.