Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic committee chairs held a press conference Tuesday to reemphasize plans to move forward with Former President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial while continuing work on President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
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Schumer said the work of the Senate Democrats “will not dither, dilute or delay” their work to pass a COVID-19 package.
“The bottom line is simple, the Senate is moving full steam ahead on a bold plan to get this country out of the crisis,” Schumer said.
The impeachment trial will force the Senate to decide whether to convict Trump of incitement of insurrection after a violent mob of his supporters laid siege to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Schumer said, “the Senate has a solemn responsibility to try and hold Donald Trump accountable for the most serious charges ever.” Adding, “the evidence will be powerful. The evidence, some of it will be new.”
“And I urge all my colleagues to pay careful attention to the evidence, I particularly urge my Republican colleagues, despite the pressure on them.”
While Trump’s acquittal is expected, Democrats hope to gain at least some Senate Republican votes by linking Trump’s actions to a vivid description of the violence, which resulted in five deaths and sent lawmakers fleeing for safety. The House impeached Trump on Jan. 13, one week later.
Trump’s lawyers say the trial should not be held at all because the former president is now a private citizen. They argue that he did not incite the violence when he told his supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn his defeat.