President Joe Biden won’t be glued to the TV during the impeachment trial of his predecessor, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.
At a daily briefing, Psaki was asked about Biden’s plans during the Senate trial for former President Donald Trump expected to start Tuesday.
"The president himself would tell you that we keep him pretty busy and he has a full schedule this week,” Psaki said, noting Biden will visit the Pentagon and the National Institutes of Health and hold meetings and calls focused on his proposed economic relief package.
"So I think it’s clear from his schedule and from his intention he will not spend too much time watching the proceedings ... over the course of this week," Psaki said, adding he’d keep in touch with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on the COVID-19 relief plan.
"He will remain closely in touch with Speaker Pelosi, Schumer, a range of officials on the Hill about his plan, and that's exactly what they want him to do. And he will leave the pace and the process and the mechanics of the impeachment process up to members of Congress," Psaki said.
Trump was impeached by the House for inciting violence against the government on Jan. 6, when a mob stormed the Capitol complex in a bid to halt the certification of electoral votes affirming Biden as the winner of the 2020 election.
Biden has offered very few thoughts on Trump's trial, saying earlier Monday he would allow the Senate to determine Trump's fate, The Hill reported.
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