President Biden said Monday that former President Trump’s second impeachment trial “has to happen” despite the potential disruptions of his agenda and his Cabinet members’ confirmations.
“I think it has to happen,” Biden told a CNN reporter during a brief interview in the West Wing, which came as House Democrats were formally delivering their impeachment article against Trump to the Senate.
The president told CNN he recognized that a Senate impeachment trial, which is set to begin Feb. 8, could impact the timeline for his legislative plans and Cabinet nominees but said there would be “a worse effect if it didn’t happen.”ADVERTISEMENT
Biden said he does not expect 17 Republican senators to vote to convict the former president, which would be necessary to get to a two-thirds majority, adding that the trial might have had different results if Trump had more time left in his term.
“The Senate has changed since I was there, but it…(read more)