Schumer Says Pelosi Will Deliver Article of Impeachment Against Trump on Monday
House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for a second time
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has said that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will deliver articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate on Monday.
This month, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for a second time for "incitement of insurrection," following the riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Democrats said the riot was a failed attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden.
"I've spoken to Speaker Pelosi, who informed me that the article would be delivered to the Senate on Monday," Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Friday.
Schumer has been involved in discussions on how to organize the Senate and special rules for the impeachment trial with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
But if an agreement isn't reached, the standing Senate impeachment rules will go into effect, which will force the Senate to convene every day at 1 p.m.
McConnell suggested a set of pre-trial procedures to delay the event by a few weeks, but Pelosi's decision sends the Senate heading for a collision course with a full trial.
"Yesterday I also shared a proposal for the pre-trial steps in the Senate impeachment process that appears to be headed our way -- and as I understand is about to be headed our way Monday," McConnell said.
"By Senate rules, if the article arrives, we have started trial. Right then."
The minority leader warned of the "snap impeachment," and that trial without due process may harm the Senate as an institution.
"[A delayed timeline] would have provided the Senate some more floor time before we step up fully into the unknown of a trial, which by the way would have been a substantial benefit to the incoming administration."
"The Senate must and will do all three; COVID relief; confirmation of nominees, and impeachment trial," Schumer said.
"The Senate will also conduct a second impeachment trial," Schumer added as he addressed Republicans who argued a Senate cannot do an impeachment trial after a president has left office.
"Make no mistake, a trial will be held in the United States Senate, and there will be a vote to convict the president," Schumer said.
Earlier this week, Pelosi described President Donald Trump as “a stain on our country” as the president gave his farewell address.
"I don’t think we could have sustained our democracy if he had two terms in office.”
“He denigrated, dishonored the Constitution, denigrated our people, degraded our environment from sea to shining sea, God’s gift to us and beyond that."
"He degraded that, and he again dishonored our values, who we are as a democratic country," Pelosi said.