The impeachment trial in the Senate, which would start if the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump, could last two months, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said.
Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that impeachment is a no-win proposition.
“Ive been through impeachment. Nobody wins. Period. End of sentence. No party wins. The American people dont win,” he told the audience at Wake Forest University, where he and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) were speaking.
“The bar for impeachment was extremely high. So I would only say to you, the test were going to have—and I think well be presented with—does it reach the level of removal from office?”
Burr said he wasnt “going to make a statement about what the outcome is because the likelihood is he and I are going to be jurors,” referring to Warner, the ranking member of the committee.
“Let me tell you what that means. It means the day we take it up, we go into sessions six days a week from 12:30 until 6:30 and cant say anything. The House are the prosecutors, the presidents lawyers are the defense attorneys. They hash it out, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court comes in and he rules. We basically hear the case, and then we have to come to a verdict. That will probably be six or eight weeks process,” he said.
“And at the end of the day, will there be more than what the American people know today? I dont know, maybe we will learn something as this goes public tomorrow but everythings been public up till this point,” Burr continued. “And I would say the biggest distinction between the House and the Senate is weve gone for two-and-a-half years through a Russia investigation. And until you read our report you really dont know what were going to say. Thats intentional.”