Rep. Adam Schiff attends a press conference in Washington on September 23. Drew Angerer / Getty Images
On a conference call with Democrats, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff discussed what would happen to the Senate impeachment proceedings if the House indict President Trump.
Since Republicans are unlikely to hold a trial before January 20, Senate Democrats could hold a trial after January 20 once they officially get a majority.
This could be uncomfortable for the Biden administration as the new president seeks to unite the country and focus on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Also, Schiff noted that a trial in the Senate after Trump’s departure would pose a messaging challenge as they now argue that he poses an imminent threat to the republic. But Schiff argued that it would still be considered a constitutional act and that Trump’s conviction after he left office would be important to prevent him from running again, they said.
Rep Jamie Raskin also explained the realities of impeachment and the 25th amendment.
Raskin said the 25th amendment could be done through the Cabinet and Vice President Mike Pence, but added that there is another way: Congress could set up a commission from which a majority could then vote to remove Trump. If Pence agrees, he’ll be removed. But they realize that this is unlikely to happen to the time remaining, and that Pence is unlikely to join in. However, there was talk of passing such a bill in order to create a commission to keep up the pressure on Trump.
Regarding the timing of an impeachment vote, House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi did not specifically say, but she said she would consult with House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern about the process. They are considering allowing the regulatory committee to act first, but that committee has not yet been formally organized.