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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office just confirmed that he will not “consent” to reconvening the Senate early.
McConnell’s decision effectively kills any chance of Democrats being able to impeach President Trump before Biden’s inauguration.
McConnell’s team delivered the news to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s staff after a report surfaced Tuesday claiming McConnell was allegedly considering voting to convict Trump in the impeachment trial.
Democrats were pressuring McConnell to bring the Senate back early using a 2004 resolution.
They hoped by doing so they could begin the impeachment trial as soon as possible.
More from The Hill:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office told Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) staff on Wednesday that the GOP will not agree to reconvene the Senate before Jan. 19 to allow an impeachment trial while President Trump is still in office.
A senior Senate Republican aide confirmed that McConnell’s office reached out to Schumer’s office to relay the message that Republicans will not agree to a Friday session to enable House Democrats to present an article of impeachment to the Senate while Trump is in office.
Earlier in the week McConnell sent a memo out to GOP senators saying all 100 senators would need to consent in order for Congress to reconvene before January 19th.
This would effectively mean that the impeachment trial would not begin until 1 p.m. on January 20, which would be after Biden is inaugurated.
It’s very likely that at least one senator who is loyal to Trump would object to reconvening the Senate early.