(AmericanProsperity.com) – The US House of Representatives voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for a second time on Wednesday, January 13. However, Democrats are unsure of how to move forward with the Senate impeachment trial, as holding it would delay President Joe Biden’s agenda, which hopefully includes critical economic relief for the American people.
Many Democrats Want an Impeachment Trial ASAP
Shortly after Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, his Press Secretary Jen Psaki suggested the Senate could “multitask” usual congressional business with an impeachment trial. She also noted Biden was leaving the “mechanics” of the impeachment to Congress.
Overall, Democrats are split on whether to push through key items of President Biden’s agenda, including confirming many of his appointees, or if they should prioritize the trial.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) hopes to have the trial sooner rather than later. News outlet The Recount shared footage of the lawmaker remarks surrounding the issue:
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer doesn’t say when impeachment articles will be sent to the Senate, but says “there will be a trial.” pic.twitter.com/o5feYmB0iq
— The Recount (@therecount) January 21, 2021
Other Democrats Have Different Priorities
Some Democrats question whether conducting an impeachment trial after Trump already left office is even constitutional. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said holding the trial wouldn’t “make any common sense whatsoever” and would further divide our nation.
Similarly, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) said he would prefer Congress “create room for nominations and legislation,” and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) called the impeachment trial “moot:”
Senator Feinstein asked about her preferences in terms of impeachment vs moving on noms calls it a “moot question.”
“Well, I think it's a moot question, this President's leaving office so it won't have any practical application. But whatever happens is fine with me.”
— Alan He (@alanhe) January 19, 2021
Democrats Hope to Bar Trump From Holding Office Again
The Senate is currently split 50-50 along party lines with Vice President Kamala Harris able to cast a tie-breaking vote.
To convict Trump, 17 Republicans must vote in favor of the conviction in addition to all 50 Democrats. This is unlikely, although Democrats would then only need a simple majority vote to bar Trump from holding public office again.
As we watch the Senate choose its priorities, Americans will see just where Democratic allegiances lie. Will our lawmakers choose to push through aid, relief, and nominations or will they spend their time attempting to impeach a much-loved President? Hopefully, they will choose the former.
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