There is pressure on both sides to get the thing over quickly….
Republicans have signalled they as part the jury will NOT vote to convict the form President and would like the recital of the January 6th Capitol protest’s vandalism and assault ‘s done and over with…
Democrats have President Biden wanting the trail over so the Senate can resume conforming his cabinet choices and move to write and pass his stimulus/virus bill….
Finally…. The Senate is looking for it’s President’s Day (week long recess) holiday break after this Fridays session’s….
Senators say a historic second impeachment trial for former President Trumpcould last just a matter of days in what is shaping up to be a speedy process.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are still trying to get a deal on the organization of the trial, which is scheduled to start on Tuesday.
But senators are signaling they want to get it over with quickly, suggesting it could last roughly a week. Democrats, while arguing Trump’s trial is necessary, are also focusing their political energy on passing coronavirus relief….
If the Senate doesn’t vote to call witnesses, the trial could then rapidly come to a close with potential motions by senators, deliberations on the charges, closing arguments and then a vote on whether to convict Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors.
The House impeachment managers invited Trump to testify, a request rejected by his lawyers. Democrats haven’t yet said if they will ask to call additional witnesses.
Trump’s first trial lasted 21 days — marking the shortest presidential impeachment trial at the time. Former President Clinton’s trial lasted 37 days, and the trial of former President Andrew Johnson in 1868 lasted 83 days.
Structurally, the upcoming trial will be different, which could allow it to be sped up. The Senate has already been sworn in as the jury, and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has been sworn in as the presiding officer….
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told CNN that the trial will be brief because of the straightforward narrative.
“It will be a short trial. It will be an open-and-shut and pretty straightforward set of evidence consisting of what he said in his tweets before to invite and implore these people to come to the Capitol,” Blumenthal said….