Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has indicated that an impeachment trial in the Senate will begin in January though the House Democrats are expected to vote on their impeachment resolutions as soon as next week, The Hill reported.
Speaking at a weekly press conference on Tuesday, Dec. 10, McConnell said the Senate would not start the trial before the chamber wraps up its work for the year. Congress is set to adjourn for 2019 on Dec. 20.
“What is not possible, obviously, would be to turn to an impeachment trial or to do USMCA (the United States-Canada-Mexico trade deal) in the Senate before we break for Christmas,” McConnell said.
McConnell gave his remarks after the House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment earlier Tuesday, setting the stage for a vote in the House, which could take place next week.
According to the Washington Examiner, McConnell’s announcement would give more time for the lawmakers to review the impeachment articles that the House is expected to send to the Senate.
The Senate is required to take up the articles of impeachment in a trial that will take place in the chamber every day of the week except Sunday until lawmakers vote for conviction or vote to dismiss the charges.
The Senate majority leader said 51 votes are needed to dismiss the charges, and that is likely to happen.
“I said I would be totally surprised if there were 67 senators to remove the president, and that remains my view,” McConnell said.