The Senate will not reach a verdict on Donald Trump’s impeachment before his presidential term expires on Jan. 20, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said.
“Even if the Senate process were to begin this week and move quickly, there would be no final verdict before President Trump leaves office. That’s not a decision I made, that’s a fact,” McConnell said in a written statement.
In addition, he said, there is no chance of a “fair and serious” process in the remaining seven days of Trump’s term.
“In light of these realities, I believe it will be in the best interest of our country for Congress and the executive branch to spend the next seven days fully focused on helping a safe inauguration and a proper transition of power to a future Biden administration,” McConnell said.
The House of Representatives had earlier impeached Trump, and the case is expected to go to the Senate.