McConnell Proposes Pre-Trial Timeline to Schumer on Trump Impeachment


From The Epoch Times:

The impeachment pre-trial for former President Donald Trump should not start until February, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday.

McConnell sent a timeline to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that gives Trump one week from Jan. 28 to formally respond to the article of impeachment the House of Representatives passed. The House would submit its pre-trial brief on Feb. 4, to be answered by Trump one week later. Finally, the House would have two days to submit their rebuttal pre-trial brief.

The timeline is similar in structure to those in Trump’s first impeachment trial and the trial of former President Bill Clinton.

“Senate Republicans are strongly united behind the principle that the institution of the Senate, the office of the presidency, and former President Trump himself all deserve a full and fair process that respects his rights and the serious factual, legal, and constitutional questions at stake,” McConnell said in a statement.

“Given the unprecedented speed of the House’s process, our proposed timeline for the initial phases includes a modest and reasonable amount of additional time for both sides to assemble their arguments before the Senate would begin to hear them,” he added.

“At this time of strong political passions, Senate Republicans believe it is absolutely imperative that we do not allow a half-baked process to short-circuit the due process that former President Trump deserves or damage the Senate or the presidency.”

House Democrats voted to impeach Trump on Jan. 13. They were joined by 10 House Republicans.

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