- The United States Senate is set to commence the impeachment trial of Donald Trump
- Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s majority leader, says the two articles on which the House of Representatives impeached Trump are being expected
- McConnell says he has the support of 53 Republican colleagues ahead of the task before the Senate
The United States' Senate will likely start the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, January 21, weeks after the House of Representatives concluded its own process.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s majority leader, spoke about the planned move on Tuesday, January 14.
NBC News reports McConnell as saying, however, that the launch of the impeachment would largely depend on the submission of the two articles upon which the House took an action against Trump.
He said the articles are being expected from Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"The House is likely to finally send the articles over to us tomorrow (Wednesday, January 15), and we'll be able to - we believe if that happens - in all likelihood, go through some preliminary steps here this week,” McConnell said.
The Senate’s majority leader added that the steps would include the chief justice being invited to swear in members of the upper chamber.
The senator said currently, he is being supported by 53 Republican colleagues on the best way to move forward, with the first measure being setting up arguments for the prosecution and defence.
The report notes that McConnell appears disposed to inviting Hunter, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, but that is if Democrats decided on getting the former White House national security adviser John Bolton.
"I can't imagine that only the witnesses that our Democratic colleagues would want to call will be called," the senator said.
Legit.ng had reported that President Trump was recently impeached by the House of Representatives of the United States of America.
The US House of Representatives voted 230 in favour of removing Trump against 197 for him not to be impeached on the first article of impeachment - abuse of power.
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