With Impeachment Looming, Chuck Schumer Demands Mitch McConnell Recall Senate to Remove Donald Trump
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday demanded that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) immediately convene the Senate to swiftly remove President Donald Trump from office after the House of Representatives impeaches Trump on Wednesday for inciting insurrection.
McConnell has denied that he has the authority to do so, claiming that such action requires unanimous consent by the entire chamber – an obvious attempt to stall Trump’s trial until after the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden on January 20th.
Schumer said that McConnell’s take is incorrect.
“Leader McConnell is saying you can’t call the Senate back after the House votes for impeachment because it requires unanimous consent — the consent of every senator. That’s not true,” Schumer said at a press conference. “There was legislation passed in 2004 that allows the Senate minority and majority leader to jointly reconvene the Senate in times of emergency. This is a time of emergency.”
During his presser, Schumer was interrupted by a protester who got in his face and shouted pro-Trump propaganda.
“I’ve asked him to call the Senate back — all he needs is my agreement. I’m still minority leader,” Schumer said, urging the Senate to return to “come back ASAP and vote to convict Donald Trump and get him out of office now before any further damage is done.”
Schumer added that “the insurrectionists who breached the U.S. Capitol fall under the definition of threats to the homeland and should be immediately added to the TSA no-fly list. Any of those who were inside the Capitol should be placed on the no-fly list.”
But on Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times reported that McConnell appears to have changed his tune following the Trump-led siege on the Capitol on January 6th, citing impeachment as the best way to finally rid Republicans of the stain of Trump:
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him, believing that it will make it easier to purge him from the party, according to people familiar with his thinking. The House is voting on Wednesday to formally charge Mr. Trump with inciting violence against the country.
“This failed attempt to obstruct the Congress, this failed insurrection, only underscores how crucial the task before us is for our Republic,” Mr. McConnell reportedly said following Trump’s seditious insurrection. “Our nation was founded precisely so that the free choice of the American people is what shapes our self-government and determines the destiny of our nation.”