"We believe that if that happens, in all likelihood, we will take the preliminary steps this week, which could well include the president of the court coming and swearing to the members of the Senate and some other sort of order measures," the senator told journalists.
"We hope to achieve that by consensus, which would prepare us to begin the royal trial next Tuesday," he said.
Leader McConnell on TwitterRELATED
First, Democrats spent weeks saying the House case was totally convincing. Now, the opposite: They say the House case is so thin that if the Senate judges what the House actually voted on, it's a “cover-up."
Their own investigation was so shallow that it now equals a "cover-up"? pic.twitter.com/08ZrAIqqFb
– Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) January 14, 2020
McConnell, one of the most powerful members of the Republican party and akin to the president, rejected suggestions that he would try to prevent the trial from going ahead. "There is little or no feeling for a motion to be rejected. We have an obligation to hear the arguments."
What is known is that Republicans are eager to give impeachment quick treatment and are not willing to summon new witnesses, responding to Trump's request that he wishes to focus all his efforts on the campaign for his re-election. The elections will be in November.
Trump's conviction in the trial is unlikely, given Republican control over the Senate (53 seats against 47), and the high threshold of votes (two-thirds of the total) that are required to convict him.
The Republican is the third president in the history of the United States facing a political trial in Congress.
The Democratic opposition accuses him of incurring abuse of power by asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a possible rival of the president in the next election.