(LEX 18) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made remarks following the delivery of the articles of impeachment by the House of Representatives.
Wednesday, the house voted to send two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate. McConnell made the following remarks on the floor regarding the situation:
A few minutes ago, the Senate was notified that the House of Representatives is finally ready to proceed with their articles of impeachment. So, by unanimous consent, we’ve just laid some of the groundwork that will structure the next several days.
- We have officially invited the House managers to come to the Senate tomorrow at noon to exhibit their articles of impeachment.
- Then, later tomorrow afternoon at 2:00pm, the Chief Justice of the United States will arrive here in the Senate. He will be sworn in by the President Pro Tem, Senator Grassley.
- Then the Chief Justice will swear in all of us senators. We will pledge to rise above petty factionalism and do justice for our institutions, for our states, and for the nation.
- And then we will formally notify the White House of our pending trial and summon the President to answer the articles and send his counsel.
So the trial will commence in earnest on Tuesday.
But first, Mr. President, some important good news for the country:
We anticipate the Senate will finish the USMCA tomorrow and send this landmark trade deal to President Trump for his signature. A major victory for this administration, but more importantly, for American families.
Let me close with this. This is a difficult time for our country. But this is precisely the kind of time for which the framers created the Senate. I am confident this body can rise above short-termism and factional fever and serve the long-term best interests of our nation.
We can do this. And we must.