Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said that no decision will be made to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump before his term expires on January 20.
He said that even if the Senate process began this week and moved quickly, it would be impossible to reach a final verdict before Trump leaves office. “That’s not a decision I made, that’s a fact,” McConnell noted.
In addition, he noted that there is no chance of a “fair and serious” process in the remaining seven days of Trump’s term. McConnell called for a focus on handing over power to President-elect Joe Biden rather than impeachment.
Earlier, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump in the wake of the recent unrest in Washington. The debate lasted more than seven hours. 232 lawmakers voted in favor of impeaching Trump over sedition, while 197 voted against. The past vote was the second attempt to remove Trump from office.
The storming of the U.S. Capitol took place on January 6 during a rally of supporters of the current head of state who did not recognize the results of the November election, which resulted in the election of Democrat Joe Biden as president.