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Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) reportedly said Wednesday he would not bring back the Senate under emergency circumstances this week to begin a second impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday — as the House prepared to impeach the president on "incitement of insurrection" charges — McConnell's office reportedly reached out to incoming Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to inform him that the Senate would not call an emergency session to try Trump on impeachment charges despite urging from Democrats.
The news was first reported by Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim and was confirmed shortly after by Axios' Alayna Treene.
The news came just as a Reuters report indicated that Republican leaders in the Senate had met on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of starting the impeachment trial on Friday. Should a trial begin this week, it would raise the potential for the Senate to vote to remove Trump from office before his term ends on Jan. 20.
McConnell had previously cast doubt on the possibility, informing Republican colleagues in a memo that the Senate "will not reconvene for substantive business until Jan. 19, which means the earliest possible date that impeachment trial proceedings can begin in the Senate is the day before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated."
NEWS —> McConnell’s office called Schumer’s people today + told them McConnell would not consent to reconvening imm… https://t.co/1bwPtk87tV— Seung Min Kim (@Seung Min Kim)1610560328.0
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