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Top Senate Democrat says Senate has a "responsibility" to act quickly on impeachment

January 17, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin told CNN he doesn't think there is "any promise to date" on when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will deliver the article of impeachment to the Senate and trigger the beginning of a trial, adding "we have a responsibility to act as quickly as possible."

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin told CNN he doesn't think there is "any promise to date" on when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will deliver the article of impeachment to the Senate and trigger the beginning of a trial, adding "we have a responsibility to act as quickly as possible. "

The Illinois Democrat expressed confidence on CNN today that Republicans will be on board with conducting Senate business like confirming President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet while a trial is ongoing, saying he thinks passing more coronavirus relief legislation is a bipartisan "priority" and moving forward with these things is "the American way. "

Sen. Cory Booker said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he expects a trial to begin "as quickly as possible," noting there have been some "frustrations" with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not bringing the chamber back sooner.

House impeachment managers Joaquin Castro and Jamie Raskin both sidestepped when asked this morning on the timing of the Senate trial, how long they expect it to take and whether they will be pushing for witnesses as they look to prosecute President Trump after the House impeached him last week.

Lead House Impeachment manager Jamie Raskin said on CNN that the team is continuing to put together their trial plan, adding that it will ultimately be up to Speaker Nancy Pelosi as to when the articles will be sent to the Senate and thus kickstart Trump's second impeachment trial.

Graham also encouraged Senate Republicans to reject the impeachment of Trump, which passed the House with bipartisan support on Wednesday, arguing the prospect of impeaching Trump after he leaves office is unconstitutional.

Graham also said directed that message at President-elect Biden, claiming if Biden allows impeachment to proceed, it would “ruin the start of your presidency. ”

King said Trump's "history of being fast and loose with intelligence data" should make it "an easy decision" for President-elect Joe Biden to bar his predecessor from what is traditionally a "courtesy" read-in.

Freshman GOP Rep. Nancy Mace defended her vote this week against impeaching President Trump, while criticizing the actions of some of her Republican colleagues who objected to the certification of the election results on Jan. 6.

Lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin said Sunday morning the article of impeachment will be sent to the Senate "soon," as he also passionately argued that President Trump's second impeachment was crucial for holding the President to account for his actions — even as the Maryland Democrat deals with his own family's tragedy over the loss of their son to the illness of depression.

Raskin also addressed questions over the decision to pursue convicting a president of impeachment who is just days away from leaving office, arguing that Trump must be held accountable for his actions.

On the timing of when the articles would be sent to the Senate, Raskin stressed that decision would ultimately fall to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi but said that he thinks it would be "coming up soon. "

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