Clyburn: House can wait for Biden’s first 100 days to send articles of impeachment to Senate


“We will take the vote we should take in the House, and (House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) will determine when is the best time to get that vote and get the managers appointed and move this bill to the Senate. “Clyburn told CNN’s Jake Tapper on” State of the Union. ”

“It turns out that if he hasn’t been there for 100 days, he might – let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda going and maybe we will send the articles one day after that, ”added the Democrat of South Carolina.

Pelosi said on Friday that Democrats were ready to move forward this week by impeaching Trump for his role in last week’s deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol if he did not resign. Democrats plan to present their impeachment resolution on Monday, which already has nearly 190 co-sponsors.

Clyburn’s comments come as Democrats wonder how Trump’s impeachment for the second time could impact Biden’s debut in office, as he works to get Senate administrative appointments approved and tackle legislative priorities, such as another coronavirus relief program.

House Democrats, in a call Pelosi held Saturday night with his leadership team, discussed the option of impeaching Trump this week and waiting until later to send the impeachment article to the Senate in order to delay the trial until the end of Biden’s presidency, according to Democrats in the party leadership.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell previously clarified in a memo that even if the House decides in the coming days to impeach Trump, the Senate will not return to session until January 19. This would mark the start of the trial on January 20. date of Biden’s inauguration.

From there, the Senate is rendered virtually incapable of any action other than the trial until its completion, as was apparent in Trump’s first impeachment trial.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

CNN’s Phil Mattingly, Manu Raju, Kate Sullivan and Nicky Robertson contributed to this report.


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