Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has revealed that the impeachment trial in the upper chamber will begin next week, likely on Tuesday (Jan. 21) if everything goes according to plan.
After three months of delaying, stalling, and seeking leverage, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally transmitted the House-passed articles of impeachment to the Senate on Wednesday.
While Pelosi ran a total circus during the House impeachment hearings, McConnell has made it clear that if anyone tries pulling stunts in the Republican-controlled Senate — they will be imprisoned.
Politicians who think they can use the Senate impeachment trial to make lucrative media interviews will find that they could actually be imprisoned if they play hooky with their “non-partisan” duty, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The rules state that “during the trial, all senators will be warned by the Sergeant at Arms to remain silent on ‘pain of imprisonment’ and will be expected to be present and seated at their assigned desks.”
So don’t think for a second that if Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders tries to make a political show out of the trial for publicity purposes that McConnell won’t make them pay dearly.
If any senators — especially the 4 Democrats in the upper chamber running for president — violate the rules on McConnell’s watch, they can be arrested and jailed by the Sergeant at Arms.
And don’t think that McConnell wont’ do it, as he commands a foreboding respect even from the most liberal outlets.
The conduct on the Senate floor will be much different than the circus Pelosi ran in the House.
According to the draft, phones are prohibited from being on any persons, whether it’s a senator or hearing attendee: “No use of phones or electronic devices will be allowed in the Chamber.”
Additionally, Senators will be severely limited in terms of access to their staff, who normally help with creating questions and compiling information.
Not only is staff access curtailed, but physical movement around the floor isn’t allowed either.
McConnell and Schumer instructed their colleagues “to remain in their seats at all times they are on the Senate floor during the impeachment proceedings.”
This would be “strictly enforced,” per the rules.
Beyond that, we all know exactly how this is going to play out over the next month.
Pelosi refused for nearly a month to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which is her constitutional duty.
She caved on Wednesday and finally sent them, but that was after members of her own party started to turn on her.
Democrats have accused Trump of just about everything imaginable, and after months of wasting taxpayer dollars to hold impeachment hearings, they still can’t prove the president did anything wrong.
And McConnell has already revealed exactly what’s going to happen when the impeachment trial begins in the Senate.