(FiveNation)- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is celebrating Donald Trump’s absence from public life in Washington, D.C.
As the former president has taken up residence in Florida and is playing golf, Pelosi is in the nation’s capital focusing on the past more so than she is on moving forward.
During her weekly briefing this week, the Democratic Speaker of the House said:
“The president of the United States committed an act of incitement of insurrection. I don’t think it’s very unifying to say, oh, let’s just forget it and move on. That’s not how you unify.
“Just because he’s now gone — thank God — you don’t say to a president, ‘Do whatever you want in the last months of your administration. You’re going to get a get-out-of-jail card free’ because people think you should make nice, nice and forget that people died here on January 6.”
While the House of Representatives impeached Trump last week on a charge of “incitement of insurrection,” they haven’t yet sent the document to the U.S. Senate, which would start the schedule for the impeachment trial.
Last week, Pelosi said Senate leaders told her “they’re ready to receive” the impeachment charges. The Senate, though, is still working out its power-sharing agreement between Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Chuck Schumer. Schumer will be the technical Majority Leader and McConnell the Minority Leader. While there is a 50-50 split in the Senate, Democrats hold the advantage since the vice president breaks all voting ties.
Pelosi said there were “other questions about how a trial will proceed.”
Late this week, both Pelosi and Schumer confirmed that the article of impeachment would be sent over to the Senate on Monday. This would then trigger the start of the trial. It would begin at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday of next week, unless the Senate strikes an agreement to delay it for any reason.
For his part, McConnell has already suggested postponing the start of the trial until mid-February. He said this would give Trump’s legal team two weeks to prepare for the trial.
In addition, McConnell said delaying the impeachment trial would allow the Senate to progress with other matters, such as confirming some of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees. McConnell has said that Republicans wouldn’t agree to hold nomination hearings while the impeachment trial was ongoing.
In a statement released earlier this week, McConnell said:
“At this time of strong political passions, Senate Republicans believe it is absolutely imperative that we do not allow a half-baked process to short-circuit the due process that former President Trump deserves or damage the Senate or the presidency.”
Democratic Senator Chris Coons, from Delaware, said he believed his party would be open to such a delay. He told CNN:
“I think Democrats will be open to considering a delay that allows former President Trump time to assemble his legal team and his defense for the impeachment trial, if we are making progress on confirming” the Cabinet nominees of Biden’s.