Schumer to McConnell: Allow Trump impeachment vote

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, is calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene the Senate so legislators can vote on impeaching President Donald Trump. (Jan. 12)

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CHUCK SCHUMER: So Leader McConnell is saying he can't call the Senate back after the House votes for impeachment because it requires unanimous consent, the consent of every Senator. That's not true. There was legislation passed in 2004 that allows the Senate Minority Leader and Majority Leader to jointly reconvene the Senate in times of emergency. This is a time of emergency.

McConnell claims he needs unanimous consent, the agreement of all 100 senators, but it's not so. I've asked him to call the Senate back. All he needs is my agreement-- I'm still Minority Leader-- and his agreement. He's Majority Leader. And we can come back ASAP and vote to convict Donald Trump and get him out of office now before any further damage is done.

The technique Trump is using is used by the worst dictators the globe has ever seen. Donald Trump should not hold office one day longer. And what we saw in his statements today is proof positive of that, if you needed any further proof, which I didn't.