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Live impeachment updates: Democrats stress 'danger' of Trump in fiery impeachment debate 


While the House is set to impeach President Donald Trump today, the Senate trial likely won’t start until after he leaves office.

The Senate is currently on a recess break and is set to reconvene Tuesday – one day before Joe Biden’s inauguration. Democrats have been hopeful in immediately moving forward on a trial to argue the president is guilty of inciting an insurrection. But the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office and indicated a trial would not occur until the Senate is back in session, according to Doug Andres, a spokesman for McConnell.

The timeline means Trump’s impeachment trial may coincide with Biden’s first days in office.

While McConnell, R-Ky., controls the Senate floor and its schedule, Schumer, D-N.Y., has been floating the possibly invoking a rarely-used emergency provision that would force the Senate back in session if both leaders consented. McConnell’s office told Schumer’s staff he would not consent, Andres added, thus leaving the Senate on a break until Jan. 19 and unable to receive the House’s article of impeachment until then.

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