House begins impeachment debate; McConnell won't convene early

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The House on Wednesday began debating a second impeachment for President Donald Trump on a charge that says he incited an "insurrection" at the U.S. Capitol a week ago -- violence that's linked to five deaths.
A staff member for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wheels the podium through Statutory Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI | License Photo

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaves the chamber and returns to her office on Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The House on Wednesday began debating a second impeachment for President Donald Trump, on a charge that says he incited an "insurrection" at the U.S. Capitol a week ago -- violence that's linked to five deaths.

Because it has Democratic and Republican support, the article is expected to pass, but Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell declined to convene an emergency session beginning Friday to open an impeachment trial.

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Representatives for McConnell told Axios and Huffington Post that the earliest the Senate will begin a trial is Jan. 19, one day before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer asked McConnell to bring the chamber back sooner for an emergency session for a potential trial, citing a 2004 law that allows leaders in both parties to reconvene at any time.

Schumer told reporters the Senate should come back as soon as possible to "vote to convict Donald Trump and get him out of office now before any further damage is done."

Conviction in the Senate requires a two-thirds supermajority.

McConnell also told his Republican colleagues in a note Wednesday that a New York Times report Tuesday that indicated he might support voting to convict Trump was "full of speculation."

"I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate," he said in the note, according to his representative.

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