Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated towards the starting of impeachment trial from next week, while backing a resolution that can dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
The decision from McConnell has come amid the poll results showing adverse effects of prolonged and delayed impeachment trial on Trump’s re-election.
Some of the critics have also claimed that the series of decisions from McConnell have come to divert the focus from war powers resolution that the House passed to prevent further military action against Iran. Thus, restricting Trump from escalating the US-Iran conflict to a point of war, which would impact both the countries.
As per the GOP Senators, Mitch McConnell claimed that the lawmakers should consider the possibility of not returning home next weekend, as the Senate will be conducting the long-delayed trial against Trump.
Speaking about McConnell’s address, Sen. Kevin Cramer said, “Mitch said, ‘we still expect … the articles to come over soon. And, you know, maybe plan not to go home next Thursday.”
Apart from providing the timeline for the articles of impeachment, McConnell has further forced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by co-sponsoring the resolution, which Sen. Josh Hawley introduced earlier this week.
As per Hawley’s proposed resolution, if Pelosi fails to present the impeachment articles in the Senate within 25 days, once the resolution passes, then a senator can file a motion to dismiss the articles based on “prejudice for failure by the House of Representatives to prosecute such articles”.
Speaking about Pelosi’s delay in sending articles of impeachment, the Republican leader from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell said, “This is what they have done: They have initiated one of the most grave and most unsettling processes in our Constitution and then refused to allow a resolution.”
“The Speaker began something that she herself predicted would be ‘so divisive to the country’ … and now she is unilaterally saying it cannot move forward towards a resolution,” he added.
The series of decisions came on Thursday after the House passed the war powers resolution on Thursday with a 224-194 vote. The voting also witnessed three Republicans and eight Democrats defying their party and voting against the party.
While Republican Reps. Thomas Massie, Francis Rooney, and Matt Gaetz voted to support the war powers resolution, Democratic Reps. Ben McAdams, Anthony Brindisi, Joe Cunningham, Kendra Horn, Stephanie Murphy, Josh Gottheimer, and Elaine Luria voted against the measure.
Amid Mitch McConnell indicating the possibilities of impeachment trial from next Thursday and the lawmakers defying their party’s ideology at regular intervals, especially the Republicans, it remains unclear if the lawmakers will buck their parties’ during the Senate’s impeachment trial or not.