The Senate majority leader has made it clear that the Senate will not convict President Donald Trump when it takes up the articles of impeachment early next year. But what is not clear is how long the process will take.
Barring a large number of defections, House Democrats are expected to push though final approval of the two articles of impeachment against President Trump. The impeachment process would then move to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) would decide if he wants to quickly exonerate Trump or prolong the process so as to allow the president to present a strong defense.
Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families thinks prolonging the process could backfire.
"While I would like to put the left through some of that excruciating process that the president has had to go through, I wonder if that would run the risk of making Americans look at now a Republican Senate and say they're doing the same thing the Democrats did in the House," Bauer poses.
Robert Knight, a conservative activist and a columnist for The Washington Times, also favors a quick resolution.
"If we had a fair media, the Republicans would probably go ahead and have a trial because they know much evidence would come out that would look very bad for the Obama administration and their handling of this," Knight submits.
But he thinks McConnell will simply want to dismiss this so that it gives no more legitimacy than it deserves. "And it deserves very little," Knight concludes.