Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate would read the articles of impeachment against President Trump noon on Thursday. He also said Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts would be sworn in two hours later to prepare to preside over the hearings.
‘I have officially invited the House managers to come to the Senate tomorrow at noon to exhibit their articles of impeachment,’ McConnell said in remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday.
‘Then later tomorrow at 2 pm the chief justice of the United States will arrive here in the Senate.’
He outlined the procedure the chamber will follow to officially start the President Trump’s impeachment trial, which will begin with Chief Justice John Roberts being sworn in to preside over the trial.
‘Then the chief justice will swear in all of us senators,’ McConnell detailed.
‘We’ll pledge to rise above the petty factionalism and do justice for our institution, for our states and for our nation,’ McConnell continued.
‘And then we will formally notify the White House of our pending trial and summon the president to answer the articles and send his counsel.
‘So the trial will commence, in earnest, on Tuesday.’
McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, made his remarks just as Speaker Pelosi signed the articles against Trump Wednesday evening, finalizing the transmission of the articles from the House to the Senate.
‘Today, we will make history,’ Pelosi declared before the signing.
‘When the managers walk down the hall, we will cross a threshold in history.
‘Delivering articles of impeachment against the president of the United States for abuse of power and obstruction of the House.’
The Engrossment Ceremony finally released the articles from the House, where Pelosi held them hostage for a month, claiming ‘time has been our friend in all of this,’ earlier Wednesday morning.
Pelosi claimed she wanted to make the case to the American people that there was a need for witnesses in the Senate trial and attempted to display that Republicans would not conduct a fair hearing.
Immediately following the ceremony Democrats participated in a procession through the Capital with the articles to hand-deliver them to the Senate side of Congress.
Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson dramatically carried the impeachment articles in two blue folders, escorted by House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, and the eight Democratic impeachment managers, through Statuary Hall, into the ornate rotunda with its paintings depicting scenes from American history, under the Dome, and to the Senate side of the Capitol.
Trump is expected to be acquitted by the Republican-led chamber.