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Senate has no Method to sidestep an impeachment enquiry, aide says

Under U.S. legislation, the House’s function would be to consider articles of impeachment from a person — in this instance, the president. If accepted, the Senate then considers whether to remove that individual from office.

The aide laid out advice on what might happen in the Senate, stating the GOP-led body along with its chief, Senator Mitch McConnell, can not only ignore the results from the House, where Democrats hold most, and accept no actions — as some recent reports have indicated.

The principles of impeachment are clear on this point, the aide explained, and questions are asked and answered previously. The aide mentioned a 1986 memo by then-Parliamentarian Robert Dove into then-Secretary for its Majority Howard Greene.

In that memo, Dove wrote, “the principles and the precedents assert for a quick disposition of any impeachment trial at the United States Senate.”

The House”must quickly be advised that the Senate is prepared to get the supervisors’whensoever that the Senate will receive notice’ of an impeachment,” Dove wrote.

The Senate’s impeachment trial,” he wrote, has to start at 1 p.m. every day, except for Sundays, and continue until the last decision is rendered.

It might require a two-thirds vote to suspend those principles.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put House Democrats on a path supporting the impeachment of Trump. The case centers around an allegation which Trump improperly solicited the assistance of a foreign leader — the president of Ukraine — to research a political rival, Democrat Joe Biden.

To contact the editors in charge of this story: Kevin Whitelaw in kwhitelaw@bloomberg.net, James Ludden

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