(Tea Party PAC) – Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) does not anticipate any kind of lengthy trial for President Donald Trump’s impeachment once it reaches the upper chamber, guessing that the whole mess will be over before the State of the Union, which is scheduled for early February.
Blunt, the fourth-ranking Senate Republican, told Missouri radio station KSSZ, a Missouri radio station, that he expected the Senate trial would be “pretty predictable” and happen “quickly.”
“My guess is we’ll be done with this by the time the president comes,” Blunt said.
Trump has already been invited by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to deliver the State of the Union on February 4th.
Worthy of note, this is just one day after the Iowa caucus.
“I think we should have had enough time for both the House to fairly present its view of why the president should be impeached and for the president … to have a chance for his lawyers to explain why he shouldn’t be, and then we’ll have that vote and move on,” Blunt added on Tuesday.
This timeline would give the Senate less than four weeks to get the trial over and done with.
The House doesn’t return to Washington until January 7th, which would be the first day that Pelosi would have to transmit the two articles of impeachment to the Senate, which she declined to do before the holiday recess.
Still, it’s not hard to believe McConnell would move to acquit that quickly, and he’s made clear that the impeachment trial is not likely to last long in the Senate.
The Hill notes that:
Under the Senate’s impeachment rules, the trial proceedings would start the next day absent an agreement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on the schedule.
Pelosi has not said when she will transmit the articles to the Senate, saying she wants details on what the proceeding will look like. And McConnell and Schumer left Washington for the holidays at an “impasse” in the negotiations over the rules of a Senate impeachment trial.
McConnell has not given a specific time frame for a Senate trial. Spokesmen for the GOP leader didn’t immediately respond to a question about Blunt’s comments on Tuesday.
McConnell did note last month that he sees no need to call any witnesses.
“I think we’ve heard enough. After we’ve heard the arguments, we ought to vote and move on,” McConnell told Fox news radio.
The Republicans have been largely supportive of a short trial with few, if any witnesses.
Meanwhile, the Democrats want to call former national security adviser John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney among their last-minute efforts to further convolute the process.
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