McConnell won't agree to reconvene Senate early for impeachment trial

  
Via:  Just Jim NC TttH  •  4 months ago  •  13 comments

By:   Alexander Bolton (MSN)

McConnell won't agree to reconvene Senate early for impeachment trial
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) office told Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer's (D-N.Y.) staff on Wednesday that the GOP will not agree to reconvene the Senate before Jan. 19 to allow an impeachment trial while President Trump is still in office.A senior Senate Republican aide confirmed that McConnell's office reached out to Schumer's office to relay the message that Republicans will not agree to a Friday session to...

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That being the case, I guess we will be seeing a meaningless circle jerk. Remove the guy from office that has already been removed. The House can have their way but unless I am missing something, impeachment and removal from office of someone who is already removed from office (by way of the election) is a waste of time.


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McConnell won't agree to reconvene Senate early for impeachment trial© Greg Nash McConnell won't agree to reconvene Senate early for impeachment trial

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) office told Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer's (D-N.Y.) staff on Wednesday that the GOP will not agree to reconvene the Senate before Jan. 19 to allow an impeachment trial while President Trump is still in office.

A senior Senate Republican aide confirmed that McConnell's office reached out to Schumer's office to relay the message that Republicans will not agree to a Friday session to enable House Democrats to present an article of impeachment to the Senate while Trump is in office.

McConnell said in a memo circulated to colleagues last week that the Senate will not be able to handle business on the floor until senators are scheduled to return to Washington on Jan. 19 unless all 100 senators agree to reconvene sooner.

The memo stated that unless there is unanimous consent from senators, Trump's impeachment trial would not be allowed to begin until 1 p.m. on Jan. 20, at which time Joe Biden will have been sworn in as president.

"It would require the consent of all 100 senators to conduct any business of any kind during the scheduled pro forma sessions prior to January 19," the memo states.

"The Senate trial would therefor begin after President Trump's term has expired - either one hour after its expiration on Jan. 20 or twenty-five hours after its expiration on Jan. 21," it states.

Schumer on Tuesday disputed that claim and said that he and McConnell could agree to reconvene the Senate in an emergency session in the next few days.

He says that legislation passed in 2004 allows the Senate majority and minority leaders to reconvene the Senate at any time to respond to emergencies.

"There was legislation passed in 2004 that allows the Senate minority and majority leader to jointly reconvene the Senate in times of emergency. This is a time of emergency," Schumer said.

"I've asked him to call the Senate back - all he needs is my agreement, I'm still minority leader," he said.

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Just Jim NC TttH
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1  seeder  Just Jim NC TttH    4 months ago

So just what does this mean other than further division? Perhaps a deterrent to further "while the iron is hot" protests and riots? Seems a waste for nothing more than the sake of the Democrat ego. 

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Silent
1.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1    4 months ago

It means that Nancy and her cohorts get another minute of air time that no one other than CNN and MSNBC watchers will see.  I am sure Mitch weighed the political ramifications before making this decision.  I would think he would want to make sure Donald is not around in 2024 but doesn't want to totally alienate his base of voters.  But I could be wrong, of course it would be the first time this year..

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Masters Guide
1.1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Right Down the Center @1.1    4 months ago

It's not very likely that Trump will be around...he lost too many Republican and Independent voters with all the bluster and bullshit. Instead of winning over voters, he alienated thousands of them and caused the losses in Georgia also. It's called Trump Fatigue. I think Mitch is trying to salvage what's left of the right's agenda in time for the midterms.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Silent
1.1.2  Right Down the Center  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1.1    4 months ago

That may very well be the case but it might be in the best interest of that agenda if he maintained some hard core Trump supporters to vote for other republicans if he didn't kick Donald in the butt on his way out.  It is a balancing act to be sure.

 
 
 
Sunshine
Masters Guide
1.1.3  Sunshine  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1.1    4 months ago
It's called Trump Fatigue.

The last rally he had he should have focused on the Georgia election instead of himself.  

 
 
 
Sunshine
Masters Guide
2  Sunshine    4 months ago

What a waste of time for our country. 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Junior Guide
2.1  seeder  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Sunshine @2    4 months ago

Again. SMH

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
PhD Guide
3  Paula Bartholomew    4 months ago

First he says that Trump has basically fucked up as POTUS but won't do what is necessary to hold him accountable.  Typical Moscow Mitch The Bitch move.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Masters Guide
3.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3    4 months ago

 to hold him accountable.

For what...he didn't tell those far right morons to riot...only to march to the Capitol and peacefully protest.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Masters Guide
4  Greg Jones    4 months ago

"There was legislation passed in 2004 that allows the Senate minority and majority leader to jointly reconvene the Senate in times of emergency. This is a time of emergency," Schumer said.

Sorry Schumer, you suck faced weasel. All this is, is the Democrats trying to gain some kind of political capital by their usual handwringing and grandstanding hysteria.

Emergency my ass. I can't believe the voters put these miserable pukes in power. Now they have two years to real fuck things up royally.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
5  JohnRussell    4 months ago

The purpose for impeaching Trump with 7 days left in his term is not to remove him before the 7 days are up, although that would be more than justified. The purpose is to put on his record that he was impeached for inciting a riot at the seat of national government. And to seek to make sure that he is never allowed to run for office again. 

 
 
 
Split Personality
PhD Principal
5.1  Split Personality  replied to  JohnRussell @5    4 months ago

And hopefully pardon no one else.

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
Professor Silent
5.2  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  JohnRussell @5    4 months ago
And to seek to make sure that he is never allowed to run for office again. 

I would agree , that would be the main reason behind it , but there is also other ramifications should he be convicted , even if he is no longer in office .

And they would be that the federal government( taxpayers) would no long be on the hook to pay the annual gratuity paid to former president in the amount of almost 250.000 a year , he would also not get the almost a million a year for staff.

How it would work for Secret Service protection , i cant say but that would likely remain because of sensative information he knows of .

Being convicted in the senate ( not guarenteed) , gets the federal government off the hook for a lot of money over whats left of his lifetime.

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