( WASHINGTON)– Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to push back the start of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial to February to give the former president time to prepare and examine his case.
Home Democrats who voted to impeach Trump last week for inciting the fatal Jan. 6 Capitol riot have indicated they want to move quickly to trial as President Joe Biden starts his term, saying a full reckoning is necessary before the country– and the Congress– can move on.
But McConnell in a statement Thursday evening suggested a more expansive timeline that would see the House transmit the post of impeachment next week, on Jan. 28, releasing the trial’s first phase.
” Senate Republicans are highly unified behind the concept that the organization of the Senate, the office of the presidency, and former President Trump himself all deserve a complete and reasonable process that respects his rights and the serious factual, legal, and constitutional questions at stake,” especially given the unprecedented speed of the Home procedure, McConnell said.
A trial delay could appeal to some Democrats, as it would give the Senate more time to validate Biden’s Cabinet nominees and dispute a new round of coronavirus relief.