[Epoch Times News on January 14, 2021](Reported by English Epoch Times reporter Janita Kan/Compiled by Chen Ting)SenateMajority Leader MitchMcConnell(Mitch McConnell) said on Wednesday (January 13) thatTrump(Trump) President’s second impeachment trial will not begin until Biden is sworn in.
His statement formally rejected the request for him to return earlySenate, To begin the next phase of impeachment work.Previously, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives accusedTrumpThe incitement of rebellion led to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, and a vote was taken to impeach Trump.
“Given the rules, procedures and precedents in the Senate governing the impeachment of the president, it is impossible for a fair or serious review to be completed before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week. The Senate has held three presidential impeachment trials. They lasted 83 days each. , 37 days and 21 days.”McConnellWrote in the statement.
“Even if the Senate process begins this week and progresses rapidly, the final judgment will not be made until President Trump resigns. This is not my decision, but a fact. The president-elect himself stated last week that he was on January 20. The inauguration ceremony is the “fastest” way to change the presidency.”
According to regulations, the Senate will adjourn until January 19, the day before Biden is scheduled to take office.
Earlier, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for the second time with a 232-197 vote. Every Democrat voted yes, and 10 Republicans joined the impeachment of the president.
Republicans who do not support impeachment say that advancing the impeachment process will further divide the country.
McConnell did not disclose how he will vote. He said that in the next seven days, Congress and the executive branch will focus on “promoting a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden administration.”
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (Chuck Schumer) issued a statement after the House of Representatives impeachment vote, vowing to continue deliberations on the impeachment of Trump, and the Senate will hold a vote to prohibit Trump from running for president again.
Some media, lawmakers, former officials and other critics have blamed Trump for the US Capitol incident last week. On the same day, a group of rioters and some protesters, waving the American flag and Trump flag, illegally broke into the Capitol. The chaos at the scene killed at least five people, including a policeman, and injured dozens of policemen.
According to the timeline of The Epoch Times, when the rioters started trying to break into the Capitol, Trump was still addressing a large number of supporters. In his speech, he reiterated his allegations of election irregularities and fraud, as well as his dissatisfaction with the media and some lawmakers. Although he encouraged supporters to “make your voices heard” during the Capitol protests, he emphasized that the protests must be peaceful.
When thousands of protesters moved their demonstrations to the U.S. Capitol, it was reported that small-scale violence occurred during clashes with the police and the media. In fact, the vast majority of protesters have kept peace. Around 2 pm, when a small group of protesters began to riot, smashing windows and trying to enter the Capitol, other protesters also tried to stop them. Soon after, Trump began posting on Twitter, urging his supporters to keep peace. He continued to urge peace and respect for law enforcement throughout the afternoon, and in the video asked supporters to go home.
The rioters eventually breached the Capitol and some protesters entered. Trump later condemned the “heinous attack” on the Capitol by the invaders, saying that “the demonstrators who sneaked into the Capitol tainted the seat of American democracy.”
The English Epoch Times reporter Ivan Pentchoukov contributed to this report.
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