House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Wednesday that “there’s a good chance that there will be a conviction in the Senate” of President Trump after he was impeached for the second time in the House.
“I think that Mitch McConnell and a few others recognize that that’s the quickest way to get him out of their hair so-to-speak,” Clyburn told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “So these articles will go over there. There will be people who will conduct the trial. Our managers will do a good job of that. They don’t have to do a good job, to tell you the truth. Just put up the videos and bring in the people who are the recipients of these phone calls. I think there will be enough on the record and so, he could very well get a conviction.”
On the timing of the impeachment trial, the Democratic lawmaker said that he wouldn’t want to see the proceedings interfere with President-elect Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office.
“I do really feel that we ought to do what’s necessary for this man not to ever run again,” Clyburn said. “But we need to do what is necessary for people’s lives to get this stored as soon as possible. I wouldn’t want to see an impeachment trial postponed that for too long.”
More context: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled that he’s in favor of impeachment, a GOP source says, but he’s made it clear that the Senate trial won’t start until Biden is sworn in.