WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is inclined to wait until after Joe Biden is inaugurated before he begins the second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
By that time, the two senators from Georgia are likely to have been sworn in. Once the state certifies the results of the Jan. 5 election, Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock can take the oath of office in Washington. That should happen around the same time as the Jan. 20 inauguration.
Their election pushed the number of Democrats in the Senate to 50; with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris having a tie-breaking votes that pushed the party in the majority. Once Warnock and Ossoff are sworn in, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer will become the majority leader.
Warnock and Ossoff will get to work right away.
The Senate's first order of business is likely to be the impeachment trial where Trump faces a charge of "incitement of insurrection" tied to the violent and deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The House voted to impeach Trump on Wednesday.
A two-thirds majority of senators is required to convict him. That means if all 50 Democrats agree they still need 17 Republicans.
Meanwhile, Biden's team is also pushing for the Senate to begin confirming his political appointees. Cabinet-level positions require just a majority vote.(c)2021 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.