Biden on Trump’s impeachment: “The Senate must fulfill its constitutional responsibilities”

Biden on Trump's impeachment: "The Senate must fulfill its constitutional responsibilities"

President-elect urged senators to stay on top of urgent issues that concern all Americans

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday urged the Senate leadership to deal with other pressing issues while fulfilling its responsibilities regarding the impeachment of Donald Trump, which was supported by a majority of lawmakers in the House of Representatives this evening.

“I hope the Senate leadership finds a way to deal with its constitutional responsibilities regarding impeachment while working on other pressing issues,” Biden said in a statement.

The president-elect agreed that Donald Trump incited violence by “political extremists and domestic terrorists” who launched a “criminal attack” on the U.S. Congress.

“This was an armed insurrection against the United States of America. And the perpetrators must be held accountable. Today, members of the House of Representatives exercised the authority given to them by our Constitution and voted to impeach and hold the president accountable,” Biden said, stressing that impeachment was supported by, among others, some Republicans who chose to “follow the Constitution and their conscience.”

Now that confirmation of impeachment depends on the Senate’s decision, the president-elect urged the leadership of the upper chamber of Congress to “find a way to deal with their constitutional responsibilities regarding impeachment while working on other pressing issues for the country.”

Joe Biden recalled that the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing in the U.S., which has severely weakened the economy. As the new administration takes office, senators must confirm Biden’s nominees for key positions in the nation, including Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Treasury and Director of National Intelligence.

“I often say that we can’t do anything if we don’t act together … We must remember that we are Americans, remember what we have always stood for and believed in,” President-elect Biden added.