There ARE a LOT of moving parts to this….
While President Trump has been charged with one count of ‘insurrection perpetrated on the Capitol of the United States’?
He will be out of office anyways even if he is convicted…..
(Convicting him would allow Congress to THEN vote to bar him from running for office against and strip him of benefits like Secret Service protection and other benefits)
The Majority Leader of the Senate is Mitch McConnell….
But shortly after Biden is sworn in?
McConnell will trade places with Sen Schumer , who will become the Democratic Majority leader of the Senate as soon as VP Harris is sworn in…
(And the two Georgia Senate race Democrats get sworn in also)
Convicting Trump will need 10 Republican Senators to join the Democrats in the vote….
THAT could be difficult , But McConnell is NOT against that…
The REAL issue for House Speaker Pelosi and Schumer is Joe Biden’s start off in office….
If the House presents the impeachment article to the Senate?
It would become the Senate’s primary action….
THAT would present problems to Joe Biden on several fronts….
Any Biden cabinet confirmations would be held in place….
Biden just announced he wants to start his time in office with another stimulus bill…
The Senate can’t do a trial, confirmations and a YUGE spending bill at the same time…
All these things would take time Biden & Co. feel they do not have time to waste…
It’ll get worked out….
But right now?
Who knows how?
The speaker’s decision to delay sending the article was reminiscent of a similar maneuver a year ago, when she waited almost a month to press charges against Mr. Trump after the House voted to impeach him the first time for pressuring Ukraine to smear Mr. Biden. This time, though, Democrats in both chambers involved in the impeachment case said they expected the delay to be brief. Ms. Pelosi could transmit the article as soon as Monday, they said, prompting the start of a trial just as power is being transferred to Mr. Biden.
The House was waiting, at least in part, to determine the outcome of negotiations between Senate Democrats and Republicans over the shape of a highly unusual proceeding. On the cusp of taking unified control of Washington, Democrats were working to draft rules that would allow the Senate to operate on dual tracks to confirm Mr. Biden’s cabinet and begin moving his legislative agenda while trying Mr. Trump….