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Travel leaders react to White House meeting with airlines

Travel leaders say they support all efforts to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic, except for a mandate that would require airline passengers to submit a negative COVID-19 test before flying.

The CEOs of American, United, Southwest, Alaska and JetBlue airlines met with White House officials Friday in a virtual meeting to discuss the proposal, and all of them, as well as key industry figures, say such a mandate it would do more harm than good for US carriers.


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“We had a very positive and constructive conversation focused on our shared commitment to science policy as we work together to end the pandemic, restore air travel and move our nation toward recovery,” said Nick Calio, director of the Airlines trade group. for America. it said in a statement.

The meeting was arranged after Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said such a testing requirement was being considered.

The Southwest Airlines pilots union said a test mandate would “decimate demand for domestic air travel, put aviation jobs at risk and create serious unintended consequences.”

US Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow said the high cost and low availability of testing make the national testing mandate a challenging concept to put into practice.

“Based on data from January 2021, a test requirement for domestic air travel would require a 42 percent increase in daily testing capacity across the country, a substantial use of testing resources when air travel has already demonstrated be safer than many other routine activities, “Dow. saying. “The recent implementation of a mask mandate adds another enforceable layer of health and safety protection to the travel process. Scientific studies have shown that air travel can be safe as long as everyone carefully follows best health practices: wear a mask, practice physical distancing whenever possible, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you are sick. We are also encouraging Americans to receive the COVID vaccine as soon as it is available. These are the messages that the travel industry has emphasized as part of our strong commitment to a layered approach to healthy and safe travel, and we will continue to do so. “

The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) sent a letter to the director of the Centers for Disease Control, Rochelle Walensky, asking the agency to “immediately issue guidance to the traveling public. The numerous requests from the CDC aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have created confusion, uncertainty and unpredictability, a chilling effect on future bookings and myriad other challenges for members of our travel agencies.

Jenny Cagle, owner of Elm Grove Travel in Elm Grove, Wisc., Also said she believes there is no need for a mandate.

“I am hopeful that this administration has listened to the very well articulated concerns of the travel industry and chose to navigate the pandemic without a national travel mandate.


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Under pressure to rebuke their own, GOP leaders face a critical test

WASHINGTON – Republicans arguing over their party’s future face a watershed on Wednesday as House leaders face dueling calls to punish two members: one for spreading conspiracy theories and endorsing political violence, and one for voting to impeach former President Donald J. Trump.

Trump loyalists want to strip Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third Republican, of her leadership position as a reward for her impeachment vote. Trump’s critics want to strip Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee credentials for endorsing false statements, bigotry language and violent behavior, including calling for the execution of top Democrats.

The fate of the two lawmakers, which is expected to be discussed in a private meeting between Republicans on Wednesday, is now a proxy battle for the party’s future, sparking a clash between its top leaders.

On the one hand, Mr. Trump, who praised Ms. Greene, and a majority of House Republicans who backed the former president after the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill. On the other hand, a growing number of Republican senators, including Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, who has joined Ms. Cheney.

Caught in the middle is Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican House Leader, who is under pressure from both sides and who met with Mr Trump in Florida last weekend. At the same time, Mr McConnell, who rarely engages in party disputes in public, plunged into the fray by making two statements on Monday night. One praised Ms. Cheney, and the other criticized Ms. Greene for her “wacky lies” and as “cancer” for her party.

Mr McConnell’s statements intensified the pressure on Mr McCarthy and highlighted the existential crisis in the party. At the very least, Mr. McConnell’s decision to take a public stand is the latest evidence that he’s convinced Mr. Trump and his brand of politics could destroy the Republican Party. It’s a concern that stems largely from a cold political calculation: Mr McConnell lost his Senate majority in January after independent and suburban voters in two second-round races in Georgia rejected what the Republican Party had become under Mr. Trump.

But there is a gulf between the political imperatives of Mr. McConnell and those of Mr. McCarthy, who must win the House in races where loyalty to Mr. Trump has become a prerequisite. In a nod to that reality, he made the trip to Palm Beach, Florida, and remained silent about Ms. Greene.

South Dakota Senator John Thune, Republican No. 2, backed McConnell on Tuesday, telling CNN House Republicans should “decide who they want to be.”

“Do they want to be the party of limited government and fiscal responsibility, free markets, peace by force and pro life, or do they want to be the party of conspiracy theories and QAnon?” said Mr Thune, who served in the House for six years. “I think that’s the decision they have to face.”

Senate Republicans also face that choice as they contemplate Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial and the decision to convict him on a bipartisan charge of inciting insurgency. All but five, including Mr McConnell, voted last week to dismiss the lawsuit as unconstitutional, reflecting their reluctance to cross paths with the former president.

Still, a phalanx of Republican senators followed Mr. McConnell’s lead on Tuesday, inserting themselves into the turmoil in the House to urge leaders there to dismiss Ms. Greene.

“I think we shouldn’t have anything to do with Marjorie Taylor Greene and we should repudiate the things she said and walk away from her,” said Senator Mitt Romney of Utah. “I think our long history as a party has shown that it’s important for us to separate ourselves from the people who are in the weeds, and if we don’t, then our opposition tries to mark us with their image. and their point of view. “

Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy told CBS he “fully” agreed with Mr. McConnell, saying, “We have to go beyond what someone thinks is true because it is is on the Internet. ”

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, taken to twitter to express support for Ms. Cheney, calling her “one of the strongest and most valuable conservative voices in the Republican Party.” But Mr. Graham, who was one of Mr. Trump’s staunchest allies on Capitol Hill, later told reporters he was not ready to repudiate Ms. Greene, saying he needed to find out more about whether the reports on his comments were “correct.” what if she still believed what she said.

Republican House leaders have been silent in recent weeks as they mulled over how to deal with Ms Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, and Ms Greene, who was elected for her first term in November. Mr. Trump is still popular with a majority of their members, who voted to support his attempt to reverse his electoral defeat. Even though some of them privately worry about his influence over the party, Republicans are keenly aware that the easiest path to victory in many House districts is to appeal to the grassroots voters who have it. revere.

Highlighting this balance, Rep. Andy Biggs, Republican of Arizona and chairman of the far-right Freedom Caucus, issued a warning Tuesday in response to a plan by House Democrats to strip Ms. Greene of her missions to the committee.

“The Democrats’ moves to strip Congressman Greene of her powers on the committee for thoughts and opinions she shared as a private citizen before coming to the United States House are unprecedented and unconstitutional,” he said. Mr Biggs said. “All right-thinking Republicans, beware: If it can happen to Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, it can happen to any of us.

Mr McCarthy has yet to personally comment on the vast stream of racist and conspiratorial posts on social media posted by Ms Greene ahead of her arrival in Congress. A spokesperson said last week that the messages in which she endorsed the killing of Democratic lawmakers were “deeply disturbing” and that the leader planned to address them in a conversation with Ms Greene this week.

Mr McCarthy adopted a slightly less reluctant tone to calls for Ms Cheney to step down as leader, telling reporters he supported her but felt it would be appropriate for the conference to discuss how she announced her support for the impeachment.

“Leader McCarthy is in a very difficult position, an unenviable position,” said Carlos Curbelo, a former Republican congressman from Florida. “But it’s pretty obvious he’s trying to strike a balance between the party’s long-term interests and his own short-term political interests and those of the members who serve today.

Mr. Curbelo said if there was a secret ballot to kick Ms. Greene out of the conference, she would lose massively; but if the vote were public, lawmakers would vote to keep her at the conference.

“The members know what it means to do the right thing, but ultimately a lot of them fear Donald Trump and his base, and that’s why they’re stuck in this vicious cycle,” Curbelo said. “MPs will say, ‘Many constituents in my district believe in these conspiracy theories’ – and most of the reasons they do is because these members are not on level with them.”

Ms Greene announced over the weekend that she had spoken with Mr Trump and received his support, which amounted to a veiled threat to Republicans who might consider taking action against her. To make her point clear, she said Monday that she plans to meet the former president at Mar-a-Lago, her private club in Florida, “soon.” Mr McCarthy also visited there last week in an effort to mend a rift with Mr Trump that was caused by the chief’s claim that the former president was partly responsible for the attack on the Capitol.

Mr McConnell, on the other hand, has repeatedly signaled to his party that he is prepared to oust Mr Trump, making it clear to associates after the Capitol attack that he views the former president’s actions around the riot as flawless and blaming him in a speech. of the Senate for provoking the crowd.

“It sends an urgent warning that we cannot be a nationally ruling party, we cannot be a majority party, we cannot even be competitive if we are going to be the party of the Jewish space lasers, and that 9/11 did not take place and all the conspiracy theories “that Ms. Greene endorsed, Scott Jennings, a former senior associate of Mr. McConnell, told CNN.

Mr Jennings said the warning extended to attempts to force Ms Cheney out of her leadership role.

“If what emerges from this whole ordeal of January 6 is that Liz Cheney is the only person who ends up being punished,” he said, “that would be an absolute parody.”

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Pelosi lambasted GOP leaders for giving a seat on the education committee to a congresswoman who called for school shootings.

President Nancy Pelosi on Thursday berated Republican House leaders for appointing Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene to serve on the Education and Labor Committee, despite Ms. Greene’s earlier false claims that fatal school shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Newtown, Connecticut, were held.

Ms Greene, a first-term Georgian congresswoman with a history of supporting the pro-Trump movement QAnon, wrote on Facebook in 2018 that she agreed with one of her followers that the Parkland massacre which has killed 17 students was a “false flag”. event, a term used by conspiracy theorists to describe an act committed by one group – usually the government – for which another group is blamed.

In a video posted to YouTube in 2020 by her campaign, Ms Greene followed and harassed David Hogg, a Parkland survivor who was visiting Capitol Hill to lobby for gun safety measures. In the video, Ms Greene demanded he explain why he was “using children” to advance his cause, shouted that she was allowed to carry a gun and called him a “coward”.

Republican leaders announced this week that Ms Greene will be part of the House education panel.

At a press conference Thursday, Ms Pelosi expressed concern that Republican House leaders were comfortable assigning Ms Greene to the education committee “when she laughed at the murder of small children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when she mocked the murder of high school teenagers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“What could they think – or think a word too generous for what they could do?” Ms. Pelosi said. “It is absolutely appalling.”

Ms Pelosi appeared to have been referring in part to a report last week from Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog group, which said Ms Greene commented approvingly on Facebook in 2018 to a user who claimed the shooting at the The 2012 Newtown school, in which a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 small children, was staged. “This is all true,” Ms. Greene replied, according to the report, although the post appears to have been deleted.

Ms Greene’s penchant for conspiracy theories has created an enigma for Republican leaders and has privately infuriated many of her rank-and-file colleagues, who are upset with many of her comments as well as the flood of negative press they have attracted.

A spokesman for Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, told Axios this week that Facebook posts recently posted by Ms Greene and reported by CNN, in which she discussed the execution of senior Democratic politicians , including Ms. Pelosi, were “deeply disturbing. . A spokesperson said Mr McCarthy was planning to “have a conversation” with her about them.

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IBU External Review Panel Final Report Redacted 5.15 Rules limiting the admissibility of evidence in court proceedings do not apply in disciplinary proceedings to enforce the IBU Integrity Code. Instead, the charges can be proven by “ any reliable means”25. . Mong Joon Chung / FIFA, CAS 2017 / A / 5086, point 133 (based on the “ CAS case law according to which, in accordance with the legal principle of tempus regit actum, questions of procedure are governed by the rules in force at the moment of the procedural act in question. Therefore, since the burden of proof is a procedural principle, the Panel must apply in these proceedings the rule on the burden of proof set out in Article 52 CFE ( 2012 edition) ”) (citations omitted); Gnidenko / CIO, 2016 / A / 4803, point 94 (while the general rule is that the IOC is responsible for proving an ADRV, “ The CMAD 2015 and, in particular, article 3.2.1 [putting the burden on the athlete to prove a testing procedure used was not scientifically valid], were the procedural rules in force at the time each of the proceedings giving rise to these appeals was brought. Accordingly, as admitted by the appellants, the Panel is of the view that the onus is on the appellants to prove that the testing procedures adopted by the Lausanne and Cologne laboratories were not scientifically sound ”). Reasoning by analogy, the same is true of the standard of proof. 25 IBU Code of Integrity, Chapter D, Article 3.2.1. 26 Zubkov / CIO, CAS 2017 / A / 5422, point 674; Legkov / CIO, CAS 2017 / A / 5379, point 706; IAAF / RUSAF & Shkolina, CAS 2018 / O / 5667, point 102. 27 Oriekhov v UEFA, CAS 2010 / A / 2172, point 54; Savic v PTIOs, CAS 2011 / A / 2621, paragraph 8.7. 28 Zubkov / CIO, CAS 2017 / A / 5422, point 683; Legkov / CIO, CAS 2017 / A / 5379, point 715; IAAF / RUSAF & Shkolina, CAS 2018 / O / 5667, paragraph 100. 29 IAAF / RUSAF & Shkolina, CAS 2018 / O / 5667, paragraph 100; IAAF / RUSAF & Bespalova, CAS 2018 / O / 5676, paragraph 63. 30 Salmond v IIHF, CAS 2018 / A / 5885, paragraph 110 (citing other CAS decisions); IAAF / RUSAF & Shkolina, CAS 2018 / O / 5667, para 84 (“ CAS case law provides guidance on the meaning and application of the ‘comfortable satisfaction’ proof criterion. The comfortable satisfaction criterion ” must take into account the circumstances of the case “(CAS 2013 / A / 3258, paragraph 122). These circumstances include”[t]It is essential to fight against corruption of all kinds in sport and to take into account the limited nature and powers of the investigative authorities of the governing bodies of sport compared to the national formal questioning authorities ”(CAS 2009 / A / 1920; CAS 2013 / A / 3258) ”) and para. 101 (a 5.16.1 Given the seriousness of the allegation, any hearing panel will need clear and convincing evidence of the implication personal and conscious awareness of a person in the regime.26 5.16.2 On the other hand, “ when assessing the evidence, the Panel is mindful that corruption is inherently concealed because the parties involved will seek to use evasive means to ensure that they leave no trace of their wrongdoing. ” 27 5.16.3 In fact, “ the more than the alleged ploy was, the less direct evidence of wrongdoing is likely available. ” 28 5.16.4 Therefore, “ the lack of evidence of irect is not necessarily an indication of innocence, but may also indicate that the wrongdoing has been very concealed ”29 5.16.5 In addition, the hearing panel must take into account“[t]It is of the utmost importance to combat corruption of all kinds in sport and also to take into account the nature and limited investigative powers of the authorities of the sports governing bodies in relation to the national formal questioning authorities30.[s]because the [sports governing body] can not coerce 27

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Why Pennsylvania’s Republican leaders are all-in for Trump more than ever

As a second Donald J. Trump impeachment trial nears next month, Republicans across the nation are lining up behind the former president with unwavering support.

No state has perhaps demonstrated its loyalty as tenaciously as Pennsylvania, where Republican officials have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep Trumpism central to their message as they reinforce the president’s false claims about an election. “Stolen”.

Eight of the nine Republicans in the Pennsylvania congressional delegation voted to reject their state’s electoral votes for President Biden on January 6, just hours after a crowd stormed the Capitol.

A majority of Republicans in the state legislature endorsed this effort.

And State House Member Scott Perry was instrumental in promoting a plan in which Mr. Trump would fire the acting attorney general in an attempt to stay in office.

In the weeks following the Nov. 3 election, Pennsylvania Republicans made loyalty to the defeated ex-president the party’s sole organizing principle, the latest chapter in a repeated right-wing populist march in other states. As elsewhere, the Pennsylvania GOP was once led by mainstream conservatives, but is now defined almost exclusively by Trumpism. He faces big statewide races in 2022, for positions including governor and the Senate, with an electorate that has just rejected Mr. Trump in favor of Mr. Biden.

Far from engaging in self-examination, Pennsylvania Republicans are already rushing ahead of the 2022 primaries to prove that they fought the most for Mr. Trump, who, despite his party’s losses in the White House, in the Senate and House, still wields a strong hold over elected Republicans and grassroots voters.

As the Republican base has shifted – with commuters leaning more on Democrats and rural white voters lining up behind Republicans on cultural warfare issues – GOP leaders recognize how much the former president triggered waves of support for their party. In Pennsylvania, just like in some states in the Midwest, a wave of new Republican voters with grievances about a changing America was sparked by Mr. Trump, and only by Mr. Trump.

“Donald Trump’s presidency and his popularity has been a great victory for the Pennsylvania Republican Party,” said Rob Gleason, former state GOP chairman, though many state and federal courts have dismissed the allegations without The foundation of Trump’s electoral fraud campaign, Gleason said the belief that the vote was rigged “lingers on a lot of people’s minds.”

He predicted this would result in Republican participation in upcoming races. He said he met a prosecutor this week who “felt the election was stolen” and was considering running for a statewide judge this year.

Other Republicans are more skeptical that the unsuccessful backing of the former president is the best way forward in Pennsylvania, a critical battlefield state that will likely be up for grabs in future election cycles.

“We have become, in four years, Trump’s party, and it has been one test after another,” said Ryan Costello, a former GOP House member from suburban Philadelphia who has criticized Mr. Trump and explored one to run for the Senate. “It is not a sustainable growth strategy to double, triple and quadruple compared to Trump when he becomes a divider.”

Despite Mr Costello’s apprehension, most Republicans suspected of running for the Senate or governor have made it clear that they are ready to take a Trump loyalty test.

They include members of the Republican delegation to Congress, hardline members of the legislature and even Donald Trump Jr. The president’s eldest son has been the subject of persistent rumors that he will run for high office in the state – mostly due to his ties to Pennsylvania, where he attended prep school and college. The Trump family spent an enormous amount of time campaigning in Pennsylvania in 2020, and as they seek their next political step, the state remains a big one.

The transformation of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania has been brutal. Less than two decades ago, it was led by political centrists such as former Senator Arlen Specter and former Governor Tom Ridge, who became the first secretary of homeland security.

He is now played by Mr Perry, a member of the extremist freedom group that won a fifth term in November for its headquarters in the Harrisburg area. His Democratic opponent, Eugene DePasquale, said he lost the “fair and just” race. But he called the Republican lawmaker’s efforts on behalf of Mr. Trump in a scheme involving the Justice Department “a radical attempt to overturn the election.”

Mr Perry, a provider of presidential election disinformation, acknowledged his role in introducing Mr Trump to a Justice Department official on Monday. That official, Jeffrey Clark, was ready to encourage Mr. Trump to pressure Georgia to invalidate his electoral votes for Mr. Biden.

The plan never happened. But Mr. Perry, a retired National Guard general who dodged the Capitol’s new metal detectors, rejected Democrats’ calls to resign.

Equally resolute in their defense of Mr. Trump were the other Republicans in Pennsylvania House who voted to reject the state’s electoral votes for Mr. Biden on January 6. Rep. Conor Lamb, a Democrat from western Pennsylvania, told the House that his fellow Republicans should be “ashamed of themselves” for spreading lies that led to the Capitol violation. His impassioned speech almost precipitated a fight.

“The Trump people were broadcasting a message, ‘We had better see you fight publicly for us,’” Mr Lamb said in an interview this week. “Midterm 2022 is shaping up to pick the candidate who loves Trump the most,” he said of the GOP primary contests.

But he called it an opportunity for Democrats to speak out about issues affecting people’s lives, such as the economy and the pandemic, while Republicans remain focused on the 2020 election. “They are making their main political argument at this. stage based on fraud; they don’t do it in real conditions, ”he said. “The election was not stolen. Biden really beat Trump.

Mr. Lamb, who won three races in districts that voted for Mr. Trump, was mentioned as a candidate for the open Senate seat. “I would say I’ll think about it,” he said.

Outside of the House delegation, much of the Trumpist takeover in Pennsylvania occurred in the legislature, where Republicans held a majority in both houses in November (a result the party does not mention. in his vehement claims of electoral fraud in the presidential race).

Unlike states like Georgia and Arizona, where senior Republican officials debunked disinformation from Mr. Trump and his allies, in Pennsylvania, no Republican in Harrisburg has repelled false statements about election results. , some of which were created by lawmakers themselves or by Mr. Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani.

A majority of Republicans in the General Assembly urged the state’s congressional delegation in December to reject the state’s 20 electoral votes for Mr Biden after the results were legally certified. The pressure from core Trump supporters has been such that State Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward said in an interview last month that if she refused to sign such an effort, “ma house would be bombed tonight. “

Full acceptance of Mr. Trump’s lies about a “stolen” election followed months of Republican lawmakers echoing his rejection of the coronavirus threat. Lawmakers who attended “ReOpen PA” rallies in Harrisburg in May, flouting masks and crowd size limits, have become the main sources of disinformation about voter fraud after November 3.

State Senator Doug Mastriano, who is widely seen as considering a gubernatorial run, paid for buses and offered trips to attend the “Save America” ​​protests in Washington on January 6 that preceded the split. Capitol. Mr Mastriano said he left before the events turned violent.

As the legislature convened its 2021 session, Republicans again embarked on a sweeping agenda. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democrat, was deposed by the Republican majority as president of the state Senate in a legislative session on January 5. been officially certified.

State House Republicans seek to change the way judges are elected to secure a Republican majority in the state’s Supreme Court, after the current court, with a Democratic lean, ruled against allegations in cases electoral fraud last year.

Republican lawmakers have also immersed themselves in a lengthy review of the November election, although no more than trivial evidence of fraud has surfaced, and the courts have dismissed allegations that election officials overstepped their legal mandates.

Republicans have announced 14 House hearings. Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, was toast last week. Dismissing the round of hearings as a “charade,” she called on Republicans not to sow further suspicion in the integrity of the state election, which drew a record 71 percent turnout despite a pandemic.

“We need to stand united as Americans,” Ms. Boockvar said in an interview, “and tell the voters that these were lies, that your votes were counted, they were verified, they were audited, they were been recounted in many places and the numbers added. and they have been certified.

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Senate leaders agree to postpone impeachment trial, leaving room for maneuver for Biden

WASHINGTON – Senate leaders reached a deal on Friday to delay the impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump by two weeks, giving President Biden time to install his cabinet and start proposing a legislative agenda before to start historical proceedings to try his predecessor.

The plan ensures that the trial, which promises to trace the horrific events of Mr. Trump’s last days in power and resurface deep divisions over his conduct, will feature prominently in Mr. Biden’s early days at the office. White House. But it will also allow the president to put in place crucial members of his team and push forward a coronavirus aid program that he has said is his top priority.

Democrats had started to fear that these measures would be encompassed by the rush to try Mr. Trump.

“We all want to leave behind this terrible chapter in our nation’s history,” said Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and majority leader. “But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability. And that’s what this trial will provide.

Mr. Trump, the first president to be indicted twice and the only one to stand trial after leaving office, is charged with “incitement to insurgency.” The House approved the charge with bipartisan support last week after Mr. Trump agitated a crowd of his supporters who stormed the Capitol in a violent rampage on January 6.

President Nancy Pelosi announced on Friday that House impeachment officials would cross Capitol Hill into the Senate at 7 p.m. Monday, and Mr. Schumer said senators would be sworn in as jurors the next day. But by virtue of its deal with Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, the chamber will then take a recess until the week of February 8 to give the prosecution and defense time to draft and exchange. written legal briefs.

“During this period, the Senate will continue to do other business for the American people, such as cabinet appointments and the Covid relief bill, which would provide relief to millions of Americans suffering during this pandemic,” said Mr. Schumer.

The deal did not spell out how a trial would unfold once pleadings begin on February 9, but both sides have indicated they are looking to compress it into days, potentially allowing senators to deliver a verdict by here. the end of the week.

The delay represented a compromise between the two party leaders in the Senate, who have struggled since Mr Biden’s inauguration to agree on how the evenly divided chamber works. Still, the broader disagreement persisted on Friday, hampered by a dispute over filibuster, which allows a minority to block the legislation.

For Mr. McConnell, who has indicated he is prepared to condemn Mr. Trump and has said privately that he believes the former president has committed unpeasable crimes, the postponement agreement has political advantages. This allowed him to make the case that the process was fair, giving the former president enough time to make his case, and gave him and other Republicans more time to weigh how they would vote.

“Senate Republicans believe strongly that we need a full and fair process where the former president can mount a defense and the Senate can properly address the factual, legal and constitutional issues at stake,” McConnell said.

Democrats weighed in on competing interests, including Mr. Biden’s agenda, a desire to quickly get rid of his predecessor’s trial, and to force Republican senators to officially declare Mr. Trump’s actions as memories of the riot were still fresh.

They accepted the delay after Mr Biden said on Friday he was in favor of doing so, in order to keep the Senate focused on confirming members of his administration and to start work on the next round of federal aid to coronaviruses. He tried to avoid the merits of the trial.

“The more time we have to get going to deal with these crises, the better,” Biden said at the White House.

As part of the deal, Mr Schumer said the Senate would vote to confirm Mr Biden’s candidate for Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen just before the impeachment article arrived on Monday night.

It is virtually unthinkable that the Senate could pass Mr Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan – a complex bill likely to face substantial Republican opposition – before the trial begins. But Democrats were hoping to remove several procedural hurdles needed to do so.

Mr McConnell had originally proposed to delay the impeachment trial for a week, until February 15. She cited the need for Mr. Trump’s legal team, which was just hired on Thursday, to prepare to give a full defense. Doug Andres, spokesman for Mr. McConnell, called the deal a “victory for due process and fairness.”

Mr Trump, now based at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, had struggled to field a legal team willing to defend him, eventually settling on South Carolina’s Butch Bowers.

While Mr. Trump has been defended in his first trial by White House attorney, private attorneys, and leading constitutional experts, Mr. Bowers appears to be taking on the task more or less on his own for now and must quickly get acquainted with the matter. He has little high profile experience in Washington, but has defended several Republican governors in his home state, including Mark Sanford when faced with a possible impeachment in 2009.

Preparing for a potentially swift trial, House officials have said their case will be relatively straightforward, particularly compared to Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial. This process resulted in a long and complex presidential pressure campaign on Ukraine which took place largely out of public view.

“Much of what led to this incitement to violence was done in public view – both in the president’s conduct, the words and the tweets – and it played out in real time for the American people on television, “said Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island, one of the directors, said in an interview.

Mr. McConnell was reprising a role he played in Mr. Trump’s first trial, representing defense interests. But this time around, he made it clear that he did not want to be acquitted.

The Republican leader said this week that the former president had “provoked” the crowd that stormed the Capitol. And while Mr McConnell has yet to say how he would vote in the impeachment trial, he has privately indicated that he sees the process as a potential way to rid the Republican Party of its former standard bearer.

Yet with many members of his party already lining up against conviction and the right-wing party crying out for his resignation, Mr McConnell was proceeding cautiously.

It would take 17 Republicans joining the 50 Democrats to condemn Mr. Trump. If they did, they could then proceed to disqualify him from any future position on a simple majority vote.

Several Republicans have already pointed to the speed of the process to advocate for Mr. Trump’s release, saying the House impeachment decision – which came exactly one week after the Jan.6 rampage – was too rushed.

“This is a serious problem, but it is not a serious effort to comply with the due process requirements of the Constitution for impeachment,” said Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas.

Senate Democrats were just as keen as Mr. McConnell was to ensure that the trial was seen as fair, especially among Republicans who they believed could eventually agree to convict Mr. Trump. They listened intently when Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, one of the former president’s most vocal critics who hailed the impeachment of the House, said she found Mr McConnell’s suggestion of delay. “Eminently reasonable”.

Other Republicans have argued that it is unconstitutional for the Senate to try a former president because the Constitution explicitly only provided for the removal of current office holders. Many jurists disagree with this position, as does the Senate itself when, in the 1870s, it discovered that it had the power to try a former Secretary of War.

Mr Schumer, anticipating their objection, said the argument had been “outright repudiated, debunked by constitutionalists on the left, right and center, and defy basic common sense.”

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Video: Party leaders and former presidents arrive at Biden’s inauguration

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Biden and Harris attend mass with Republican and Democratic leaders

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris attended mass with leaders of both parties at St. Matthew the Apostle’s Cathedral in Washington on Wednesday ahead of the inauguration.

Priest: “On this day when we emphasize national unity, we welcome people of all religious traditions and political preferences, for we are all sons and daughters of God. Lord Jesus, you have come to be reconciled with one another and with the Father. Lord, you heal the wounds of sin and division. Christ have mercy. “Christ have mercy.” “Lord Jesus, intercede for us with your father. The Lord has mercy. “” The Lord has mercy. “

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Biden began on inauguration day by attending mass with congressional leaders.

Hours before his swearing-in, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. attended mass at St. Matthew the Apostle’s Cathedral in downtown Washington, joined by congressional leaders from both parties in a performance unit after weeks of uproar.

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Senate Leader Charles Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Parliamentary Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who accepted an invitation which Mr. Biden quietly extended hours earlier, should join the future president.

Mr Biden, a Catholic who attends mass regularly, was accompanied by his wife, Jill, as well as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband. Mr. Biden will be the country’s second Catholic president, after John F. Kennedy.

At the nearby corner of 17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, a crowd of reporters, police officers and spectators stood behind a waist-high metal fence, looking to see the President-elect as he entered. in the cathedral. The streets were still wet after a morning rain, but the sun was shining, illuminating the dome of the church and its red brick wall.

“I just hope I get a glimpse,” said Brittany Rogers, 35, a Baltimore security guard. “It’s a new beginning. A new beginning. I feel really good.

When asked what she most wanted the new administration to accomplish, she replied, “What I want most is that they bring unity with all cultures. This is what I hope. “

Sumari Stamps-Henderson, 53, stood in the same corner, smiling behind his mask. Her husband attended Howard University with Mrs. Harris and they decided they wanted to come to Washington to see her sworn in.

“We said, ‘Oh, we’re not going to miss this,’ she said excitedly. Ms Stamps-Henderson said she was horrified by the violence on Capitol Hill on January 6.

“Lack of respect,” she said. “I am really worried about this country.”

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Biden began on inauguration day by attending mass with congressional leaders.

Hours before his swearing-in, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. attended mass at St. Matthew the Apostle’s Cathedral in downtown Washington, joined by congressional leaders from both parties in a performance unit after weeks of uproar.

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Senate Leader Charles Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Parliamentary Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who accepted an invitation which Mr. Biden quietly extended hours earlier, should join the future president.

Mr Biden, a Catholic who attends mass regularly, was accompanied by his wife, Jill, as well as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband. Mr. Biden will be the country’s second Catholic president, after John F. Kennedy.

At the nearby corner of 17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, a crowd of reporters, police officers and spectators stood behind a waist-high metal fence, looking to see the President-elect as he entered. in the cathedral. The streets were still wet after a morning rain, but the sun was shining, illuminating the dome of the church and its red brick wall.

“I just hope I get a glimpse,” said Brittany Rogers, 35, a Baltimore security guard. “It’s a new beginning. A new beginning. I feel really good.

When asked what she most wanted the new administration to accomplish, she replied, “What I want most is that they bring unity with all cultures. This is what I hope. “

Sumari Stamps-Henderson, 53, stood in the same corner, smiling behind his mask. Her husband attended Howard University with Mrs. Harris and they decided they wanted to come to Washington to see her sworn in.

“We said, ‘Oh, we’re not going to miss this,’ she said excitedly. Ms Stamps-Henderson said she was horrified by the violence on Capitol Hill on January 6.

“Lack of respect,” she said. “I am really worried about this country.”