Biden told reporters on Monday that he hopes the Senate impeachment trial can run alongside its usual activities, as it aims to get his administration started quickly and firmly. With the Senate set to come into session just before Biden is sworn in, the chances of a trial before Biden’s presidency are almost certain.
Biden lobbied Wednesday for the Senate to deal with the distribution of the Covid vaccines and confirm his appointments to the Secretaries of Homeland Security, State, Defense and Treasury, as well as the Director of National Intelligence.
Biden’s statement echoes his past condemnations of last week’s attack on the Capitol, which left five people dead. In his statement, the president-elect called the riots “an unprecedented assault on our democracy” and “unlike anything we have witnessed in our nation’s 244 year history”.
“This criminal attack was planned and coordinated,” Biden said. “It was carried out by political extremists and national terrorists, incited to this violence by President Trump. It was an armed insurrection against the United States of America. And those responsible must be held accountable. “