Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer indicated President Trump’s impeachment trial would be “quick,” adding no decision has been made on the need for witnesses.
Schumer (D-NY) made the comments during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
“The trial will be done in a way that is fair but … relatively quickly,” he said.
Schumer added, “I don’t think there’s a need for a whole lot of witnesses,” insisting the trial will be “fair.”
The Hill reports that Schumer “added that no decision had been made on whether or not there would be witnesses,” but his call for a swift process indicates he “didn’t think many witnesses are needed.”
— The Hill (@thehill) January 26, 2021
Chuck Schumer Promises Quick Impeachment Trial
President Trump’s first Senate impeachment trial took just 21 days. Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial lasted 36 days.
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But Democrats have argued the second Trump impeachment would be quicker due to the riots he allegedly incited having played out in real-time in public.
Or, perhaps it indicates they have less proof of a high crime or misdemeanor than they did with the first minimal-evidence impeachment effort.
Schumer has indicated a desire to move quickly due to concerns that the impeachment trial would interfere with President Biden implementing his 100-day agenda.
“We have so much else to do,” he lamented.
Donald Trump will be facing his second impeachment trial — making him the first US President to have this proceeding — in the first few weeks of Februaryhttps://t.co/6mUqK4pdO1
— WION (@WIONews) January 25, 2021
Biden Says Dems Don’t Have Enough Votes
At the very moment the historic article of impeachment was being delivered to the Senate, President Biden indicated the trial would likely not lead to a conviction because Democrats simply don’t have the votes.
Biden, according to CNN, said he doesn’t believe 17 Republican senators – the number necessary to lead to a successful effort by Nancy Pelosi’s manager – will vote to convict Trump.
“The Senate has changed since I was there, but it hasn’t changed that much,” Biden said.
“Joe Biden dooms Democrats’ bid to convict Donald Trump saying they DON’T have enough votes in the Senate – at the very moment they deliver article of impeachment”
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) January 26, 2021
While some Republicans have indicated they might join the effort to convict, several others have said the move would be disastrous for the GOP.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) voiced his opinion that having GOP leadership move forward with Trump’s impeachment would be a “huge mistake” and would “destroy” the Republican Party.
Other senators warned Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that he “could face backlash if he votes to convict Trump.”
Still, Biden said the trial “has to happen” and that there would be “a worse effect if it didn’t happen.”
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