Trump trial pending, McConnell calls it ‘vote of conscience’

A video released by the White House shows a Twitter video on a television monitor in an empty press briefing room at the White House after the U.S. House impeached President Donald Trump on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert )

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is likely to start after Joe Biden’s inauguration, and the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is telling senators their decision on whether to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol riot will be a “vote of conscience.”