Reuters KEVIN LAMARQUE
US President-elect Joe Biden has called on the Senate to approve the appointments he has made and the decisions he intends to make, in parallel with the proceedings of the outgoing Donald Trump trial.
In his first comment on the indictment issued by the House of Representatives against Trump to stand trial before the Senate for a second time with the intention of impeaching him, Biden said in a statement Wednesday night that the United States is suffering under the weight of the Covid-19 pandemic and its stifling economic repercussions and needs the Senate to quickly approve the appointments. In the new administration so that it can address these challenges after taking office on January 20.
“I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way in which it can deal simultaneously with its constitutional responsibilities regarding impeachment and with other urgent matters of this nation,” the president-elect said in his statement.
Trump’s trial in the Senate threatens to impede the Biden administration’s work and the legislative procedures that Democrats intend to pass at the beginning of his term, as the Senate cannot constitutionally, if it convenes as a court, do any other work before this trial ends.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell assured that Trump’s impeachment process will not be completed before Biden’s inauguration.
In his statement, Biden recalled that the bloody acts of violence carried out by a crowd of Trump supporters a week ago when they stormed and wreaked havoc on the Capitol were “a planned and coordinated criminal attack carried out by political extremists and domestic terrorists incited by President Trump to this violence. What happened was an armed rebellion against the United States.” Those responsible for it must be held accountable. “
Donald Trump became the first president in the history of the United States to be referred to the Senate twice for trial with the intention of impeaching him, after the House of Representatives charged him Wednesday with “incitement to rebellion” due to the events of the Capitol on the sixth of January 6.