President Trump is expected to travel to his resort at Mar-a-Lago in Florida the morning of Jan. 20 – the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration – the place he’s expected to reside after his presidency, Fox News has discovered.
No official bulletins have been made, however Fox News has discovered that Trump’s tentative plan is to depart the White House that morning and travel to his Palm Beach resort.
Fox News has discovered that the president can be expected to carry a quantity of employees members with him, together with private assistant Nick Luna; Cassidy Luna, his spouse and a deputy assistant to the president; Molly Michael, who at present serves as Oval Office operations coordinator; Cassidy Hutchinson, the director of Legislative Affairs; and press aide Margo Martin.
The president introduced final week that he wouldn’t attend Biden’s inauguration, in a rare transfer, making him the primary to skip the inaugural ceremony of his successor since 1869.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” the president had tweeted — hours earlier than being completely suspended from the platform.
Trump would be the fourth president to not attend his successor’s Inauguration Day. Former presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Johnson didn’t attend their successors’ inaugural ceremonies.
Meanwhile, the House on Wednesday made historical past by voting to impeach Trump for a second time — this time for “incitement of insurrection” after pro-Trump supporters besieged the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a failed try to cease the certification of Biden’s electoral school victory.
The House voted 232-197 to impeach the president. Ten Republicans joined with Democrats.
It is unclear when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will ship the article of impeachment to the Senate for trial, however issues are being raised on either side of the aisle that doing so earlier than Inauguration Day may hamper Biden’s congressional agenda within the first days of his presidency.
The Senate is in recess and can return on Jan. 19. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell instructed GOP colleagues this week that the higher chamber would not reconvene early to take on impeachment with out the consent of all 100 senators.
The House can ship a message to the secretary of the Senate whereas they’re in recess, informing the Senate that the House has appointed managers to exhibit, or learn aloud, the articles of impeachment. But the Senate can take no motion on that message till it reconvenes on Jan. 19.
Once the Senate reconvenes, the secretary of the Senate notifies the physique of receipt of the message from the House managers, triggering the Senate’s impeachment guidelines.
During Trump’s January 2020 impeachment trial, and through former President Bill Clinton’s January 1999 impeachment trial, the Senate instructed House managers to exhibit, or learn aloud, the articles of impeachment the day after the Senate’s guidelines had been triggered.
Based on Senate Impeachment Rule III, after the articles are exhibited by the House managers, “the Senate shall, at 1 o’clock afternoon of the day… or sooner if ordered by the Senate, proceed to the consideration of” the article.
“Timing is everything, they say,” a senior GOP aide instructed Fox News. “With this reality check, will Pelosi and Schumer be so selfish and shortsighted that they don’t let Biden have his day in the sun (on Inauguration Day) and get a clean start on his mission to heal the nation?”
Biden, earlier this week, instructed reporters he requested senators if they might “bifurcate” their time between the Senate trial and different “urgent” enterprise.
“Can we go half-day on dealing with the impeachment and half-day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate?” he instructed reporters.
The focus of Biden staff is Senate confirmations of key Cabinet posts, in addition to the Biden agenda.
“I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of the nation,” Biden stated after Trump was impeached. “From confirmations to key posts such as secretaries for Homeland Security, State, Defense, Treasury and Director of National Intelligence, to getting our vaccine program on track, and to getting our economy going again.”
Biden added: “Too many Americans have suffered for too long over the past year to delay this urgent work.”
Fox News has discovered that the president-elect and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will on the similar time intention to drive a unifying message, and can stress that the U.S. “can’t afford to wait” on their coverage agenda – particularly relating to COVID-19, the economic system and nationwide safety – or confirmations.
And one other supply warned that when the Senate holds the article of impeachment, the higher chamber would fall into “paralysis,” saying “we can’t do anything else” however focus on impeachment.
“It steps on Biden’s message,” the supply stated.
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