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McConnell announces Senate schedule as impeachment trial looms

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on Thursday that the Senate will return to Washington on Jan. 3, though it remains unclear when President Trump‘s impeachment trial will start.
 
The chamber’s first votes of the year will be on Monday, Jan. 6, McConnell said on the Senate floor. 

 
“For the information of all of our colleagues, the Senate will convene on Friday, Jan. 3, to kick off the second session of the 116th Congress. However, no roll call votes are expected that day and members should be prepared to be back and voting on Monday, Jan. 6,” McConnell said from the Senate floor. 
 
McConnell’s announcement comes as the Senate is prepared to leave Washington for the year without a deal on key parts of the impeachment trial, including whether to have witnesses, or what the resolution establishing the rules of the trial will look like. 
 
Senators expect the impeachment trial will start in January. But in a curveball, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not said when the House will transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate and appoint impeachment managers. 
 

“We’ll make that decision as a group, as we always have, as we go along,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol on Wednesday. 

The House late Wednesday passed two articles of impeachment against Trump, making him the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. One charged Trump with abusing power in his dealings with Ukraine and the second with obstructing Congress during its investigation of those actions.

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