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The Senate is back in town Tuesday for a slate of confirmation hearings on Biden Cabinet nominees, even as there are not yet clear agreements on how the body will handle the impending Trump impeachment trial or its new 50-50 party split.
Meanwhile, incoming Democrat senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia, and Alex Padilla of California, won’t be sworn in until at least Wednesday. And neither will Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, D-Calif., leaving the upper chamber in a state of limbo at least for Tuesday.
Also looming is the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hasn’t yet sent over the article of impeachment passed last week accusing President Trump of inciting an insurrection.
5 confirmation hrngs today for incoming Biden Admin cabinet positions: Alejandro Mayorkas for DHS Sec, Janet Yellen for Treasury Sec, Tony Blinken for SecState, Lloyd Austin For DefSec & Avril Haines to be DNI
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 19, 2021
Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., put out guidance last week saying that the earliest the Senate could start an impeachment trial was 1 p.m. on Jan. 20, an hour after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. But that would only be possible if Pelosi sends the articles Tuesday or earlier. A delayed impeachment trial is looking more likely, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., emphasizes the Senate’s need to keep many plates spinning all at once.
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'FANTASYLAND': McConnell Says It’s ‘Inconceivable’ 67 Senators Will Vote to Remove Trump
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threw more cold-water on the Democrats’ impeachment frenzy Tuesday; saying “it’s inconceivable” that 67 Senators will vote to remove President Trump from office.
“It’s inconceivable to me that it would be 67 votes to remove the president from office,” McConnell told reporters during the third day of the public impeachment inquiry.
Sen. Mitch McConnell: "It's inconceivable to me that it would be 67 votes to remove the president from office." pic.twitter.com/KeSKGWzhW7
— The Hill (@thehill) November 19, 2019
McConnell made similar comments last week.
“I can’t imagine a scenario under which President Trump would be removed from office with 67 votes in the Senate,” McConnell told USA Today.
“Nothing is happening because House Democrats seized with Trump derangement syndrome are consumed with this argument with the president,” he said.
McConnell made similar comments last week; telling reporters “I will say I’m pretty sure how it’s likely to end. If it were today, I don’t think there’s any question it would not lead to a removal.”
Meanwhile, House Democrats refuse to commit to a formal timeline of their investigation into the President’s dealings with Ukraine.
“I haven’t had a lot of time to pay attention to the president’s tweets and the legal implications of them. I just think that was totally wrong and inappropriate and typical of the president,” Pelosi told CBS News.
“I have no idea,” she responded when asked if the process could drag-on into 2020.
AOC ERUPTS: Ocasio-Cortez SLAMS Mitch McConnell, Says He ‘Doesn’t Want to Save the Planet’
Embattled Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unloaded on Sen. Mitch McConnell Tuesday; bizarrely suggesting the GOP leader “doesn’t want to save the planet” and will be “drinking oil in 30 years.”
“What McConnell’s doing is that he’s trying to rush this bill to the floor without a hearing… without working through committee — because he doesn’t want to save our planet. Because he thinks we can drink oil in 30 years when all our water is poisoned,” Ocasio-Cortez reportedly said.
AOC: “What McConnell’s doing is that he’s trying to rush this bill to the floor without a hearing … without working through committee — because he doesn’t want to save our planet. Because he thinks we can drink oil in 30 years when all our water is poisoned.”
— Ella Nilsen (@ella_nilsen) March 26, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez was referencing McConnell’s recent decision to bring her ‘Green New Deal’ to a full Senate vote Tuesday; saying “I could not be more glad that the American people will have the opportunity to learn precisely where each one of their senators stand on the ‘Green New Deal.’”
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