Pence not expected to attend Trump's departure ceremony tomorrow, sources say

 edition.cnn.com  01/19/2021 13:15:29 
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during a press conference in Washington, DC, on January 6.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during a press conference in Washington, DC, on January 6. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer excoriated President Trump for inciting the Capitol attack and said he is looking forward to President-elect Joe Biden being sworn in tomorrow.

He said the Senate will be in session right after the inauguration, and that he hopes to confirm key administration officials quickly.

Five of Biden's Cabinet nominees are facing Senate panels today in the first step of the confirmation process.

The Senate will be in session tomorrow after the conclusion of the inauguration of the 46thPresident of the United States. With cooperation we can confirm key national security nominees at State, the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Treasury and the Intelligence Community, he said after saying that Biden needs to have key officials in place on day one of his administration.

The way the Senate works it will take cooperation from our Republican colleagues to swiftly confirm these highly qualified national security officials, but make no mistake the Senate will move quickly to consider and confirm President Bidens Cabinet," Schumer continued.

On the inauguration, Schumer said, The country will turn the page on the most chaotic and divisive presidency that can ever be remembered.

Rioters, insurrectionists, white supremacists and domestic terrorist tried to prevent the transfer of power. They were incited by none other than the President of the United States. They have failed. He went on to say, despite what these evil terrorists tried to do, the peaceful passing of the torch will take place tomorrow as it has for generations.

Schumer said that in the weeks to come, the Senate must accomplish three essential items: A second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, the confirmation of President Bidens cabinet and other key officials and legislation to provide much-needed, almost desperately needed Covid relief.

On Trumps impeachment trial, Schumer said, We need to set a precedent that the severest offense ever committed by a President will be met by the severest remedy provided by the Constitution. Impeachment and conviction by this chamber as well as disbarment from future office.

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