- The United States Senate is set to start the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump
- Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s majority leader, says the two articles on which the House of Representatives impeached Trump are expected to be completed next week
- McConnell says he has the support of all 53 Republican members in the Senate
The United States Senate will likely start the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Tuesday, 21 January. This comes two weeks after the House of Representatives concluded its own process.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s majority leader, spoke about the planned move on Tuesday.
NBC News reports that McConnell said the launch of the impeachment would largely depend on the submission of the two articles of impeachment from the House of Representatives.
He said the articles are expected from Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"The House is likely to finally send the articles over to us tomorrow, 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.
McConnell said currently he has the support of all 53 Republican members of the Senate and there is consensus on the best way to move forward, with the first measure being setting up arguments for the prosecution and defence.
"I can't imagine that only the witnesses that our Democratic colleagues would want to call will be called," the senator said.
It seems likely that Republicans will call Hunter Biden to testify if Democrats get their way and get John Bolton to appear.
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 impeachment against 197 for him not to be impeached on the first article of impeachment - abuse of power.
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