Schumer to McConnell: Allow Trump impeachment vote

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McConnell is privately pleased that Democrats are pursuing a second Trump impeachment, the report says, hoping that it will ease scrubbing the President from the party.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is likely to become the Senate majority leader following a pair of Democratic pickups last week in the Georgia runoff elections, said last week providing Americans with additional stimulus funds will be his first priority.

Global stock markets and USA futures rose Tuesday as investors waited for details of President-elect Joe Biden's promised economic stimulus plan.

But things changed quickly after Schumer's speech.

The Democrat-controlled House is expected to vote on impeaching Trump on a charge of inciting an insurrection on the US Capitol on Wednesday.

Somewhat notably, the report also reveals that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has "asked other Republicans whether he ought to call on Mr. Trump to resign in the aftermath of last week's riot at the Capitol".

"My job right now - being in the position I am, basically being in the middle - I am going to do everything in my power to bring this country together, to heal the country, and to work in a bipartisan fashion, which is the reason we have the Senate". All he needs is my agreement.

McConnell thinks that Trump being impeached and then potentially convicted and ousted from office by the US Senate "will make it easier to purge him from the party", The Times said, citing people familiar with his thinking. He even approached Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the majority leader, about a censure vote, saying he could deliver a large number of Republican votes for a formal rebuke if Democrats backed off impeachment.

Schumer and Democrats are hoping to have a trial concluded by the time Biden takes office on January 20, but without McConnell's consent, that proposition is practically impossible.

"Can we go half day on dealing with the impeachment and half day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate, as well as moving on the package?" "Far from telling Biden he would not discuss the impeachment, McConnell said he would check with the parliamentarian and get back to Biden".



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