(Bloomberg) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has rejected a call by Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to convene the chamber in an emergency session to start impeachment trial proceedings against President Donald Trump, a spokesman said.
That means a trial for Trump on an article of impeachment expected to be approved Wednesday by the House almost certainly won’t get under way before Trump’s term ends in the early afternoon on Jan. 20.
The Washington Post reported McConnell’s decision earlier and it was confirmed by his spokesman, Doug Andres.
McConnell has been under increasing pressure to take a public stand on the impeachment after last week’s storming of the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters. President-elect Joe Biden has made a personal plea for a plan in the Senate that would allow votes on his cabinet nominees at the same time that a trial proceeds.
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