U.S. Senate confirms veteran diplomat Antony Blinken as secretary of state

27 Janvier, 2021, 01:12 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • WATCH LIVE: Senate votes on confirmation of Antony Blinken as secretary of state

Blinken pledged at last week's confirmation hearing to bring Congress in as a full foreign policy "partner", a subtle jab at the Trump administration and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who routinely ignored or bypassed lawmakers in policy-making.

Trump was impeached in January for "incitement of insurrection" related to the Capitol siege.

Trump's announcement came the same day the U.S. House of Representatives delivered his second impeachment charge to the Senate for inciting insurrection at the Capitol earlier this month. A police officer and four others died in the melee.

Senators will soon be sworn in for the impeachment trial, which will begin the week of February 8. In a statement, the office said, quote, "the office will be responsible for managing President Trump's correspondence, public statements, appearances, and official activities to advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump administration through advocacy, organizing, and public activism".

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"Our Constitution and our country are well served by the extraordinary leadership of Lead Manager Jamie Raskin, and Representatives Diana DeGette, David Cicilline, Joaquin Castro, Eric Swalwell, Ted Lieu, Stacey Plaskett, Madeleine Dean and Joe Neguse", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week when announcing that the article would be transmitted to the Senate on Monday.

"I will force a vote on whether the Senate can hold a trial of a private citizen", Paul wrote on Twitter late on Monday, voicing an objection also raised by other Republicans.

At least 17 Republican would need to join all 50 Democrats in the evenly divided Senate for Trump to be convicted, a two-thirds threshold that appears unlikely to be reached.

Some Republicans have criticized Trump's false claims of voting fraud and his failed efforts to overturn President Joe Biden's November 3 election victory. Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, who is the chamber's president pro tempore, will preside. Biden, however, said he agreed with Democrats that the trial "has to happen".

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