“I had a discussion today with some of the folks in the House and Senate,” Biden told reporters Monday as he received his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. “And the question is whether or not, for example, if the House moves forward — which they obviously are — with the impeachment and sends it over to the Senate, whether or not we can bifurcate this.”

A Senate impeachment trial typically consumes the chamber for weeks, allowing for little other business. Biden has been particularly concerned about Senate confirmation for his Cabinet nominees, and he signaled Monday that he was looking for a way around the traditional pace of an impeachment trial.

“Can we go half-day on dealing with the impeachment and half-day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate?” he said.