Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMichigan GOP lawmaker says he’s ‘strongly considering’ impeachment Senate Democrats demand Trump address COVID-19 vaccine distribution Pelosi acknowledges criticism from Ocasio-Cortez, younger members: ‘I’m not dismissing her’ MORE (N.Y.) on Tuesday called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMichigan GOP lawmaker says he’s ‘strongly considering’ impeachment House Democrats unveil resolution to censure Rep. Mo Brooks over Capitol riots Capitol Police officer hailed as hero for drawing rioters away from Senate chamber MORE (R-Ky.) to reconvene the chamber immediately to allow an impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse GOP leader tells members to quit spreading lies on riot, antifa DC attorney general says Trump Organization improperly paid K bill incurred during inauguration 70K QAnon Twitter accounts suspended in the wake of Capitol riot MORE before Inauguration Day.
Schumer disputed McConnell’s claim laid out in a memo circulated to colleagues Friday asserting it would take all 100 senators to agree to allow business to proceed on the Senate floor before senators are scheduled to return on Jan. 19. Under McConnell’s interpretation, a second Trump impeachment trial in the Senate could not begin until 1 p.m. on Jan. 20, about an hour after President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol Police confirm investigation into some officers’ behavior during riot GOP lawmakers told Trump takes some responsibility for Capitol riot Director of Army Staff disputes Capitol Police chief account of National Guard deployment MORE is slated to be sworn into office.
“Leader McConnell is saying you 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,” Schumer said at a televised press conference in New York.
Schumer argued that legislation passed in 2004 allows the leaders of both parties to reconvene the Senate at any time.
“There was legislation passed in 2004 that allows the Senate minority and majority leader to jointly reconvene the Senate in times of emergency. This is a time of emergency,” Schumer said.
“I’ve asked him to call the Senate back — all he needs is my agreement. I’m still minority leader,” Schumer said.
The Democratic leader called on the Senate to “come back ASAP and vote to convict Donald Trump and get him out of office now before any further damage is done.”
The House is expected to pass an article of impeachment on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s press conference was interrupted by an irate protester who stood between Schumer and the camera and started to yell at the Democratic leader. His security team then stepped between Schumer and the demonstrator.
Schumer also called for pro-Trump rioters who stormed Capitol Hill to be put on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) “no-fly” list, arguing they pose security threats.
“The insurrectionists who breached the U.S. Capitol fall under the definition of threats to the homeland and should be immediately added to the TSA no-fly list,” Schumer said.
“Any of those who were inside the Capitol should be placed on the no-fly list,” he said.