Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is unlikely to take up impeachment now, regardless, and he will remain in control of the Senate until Sens. -elect Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., and Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., have their elections certified and are sworn into office later.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has suggested it's pretty much impossible for the Senate to reconvene from recess in time to hold an impeachment trial for President Trump before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20.
In Washington, Democrats are pushing for the removal of Trump, who has less than two weeks left in his term, after he helped to incite loyalists who stormed the Capitol.
The aide also said some moderate Democrats worry that impeachment would "harden Trump's base and turn him into a martyr instead of keeping him on his heels with a fractured GOP".
"They were acting within the confines" of the Constitution, Manchin said of senators who contested the Electoral College results.
The president-elect added that he had not received an answer from the lawmakers yet.
Yet as they attempted to balance the affection their core voters have for Mr. Trump with the now-undeniable political and constitutional threat he posed, Republican congressional leaders who have loyally backed the president for four years were still stepping delicately.
Trump said impeachment is causing "tremendous anger" but said he wanted "no violence".
The Senate's majority leader sets the agenda for the chamber. "And we could come back ASAP and vote to convict Donald Trump and get him out of office now, before any further damage is done", Schumer said. "Our nation was founded precisely so that the free choice of the American people is what shapes our self-government and determines the destiny of our nation".
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, for his part, is personally opposed to impeachment but is open to the idea of formally censuring Trump in Congress, the Times reported.