Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is very unhappy because he knows that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has him over a barrel when it comes to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Pelosi made it clear last week that she will not formally send the articles of impeachment passed by the House to the Senate for a trial of the president unless McConnell agrees to allow the testimony of witnesses and introduction of documentary evidence, so McConnell made an appearance on “Fox and Friends” Monday morning to whine about being outmaneuvered by by the Speaker:
“I can’t imagine what purpose is served by her holding on to the papers, so sooner or later I’m assuming she’s going to send them over. It seems to me a rather absurd position to say after you’ve impeached the president that you won’t send the papers over to the Senate for the impeachment trial, mandated by the Constitution.”
Actually, nothing in the Constitution sets a timeline for when the articles of impeachment must be transmitted to the Senate for trial. That means Pelosi can take as long as she likes and there’s not a darn thing the White House or Republicans in Congress can do about it.
McConnell was asked by one of the Fox hosts about Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) insistence that there be impartiality in a Senate trial, which led him to remark:
“Do you think Chuck Schumer is impartial? Do you think Elizabeth Warren is impartial? Bernie Sanders is impartial? So let’s quit the charade. This is a political exercise. All I’m asking of Schumer is that we treat Trump the same way we treated Clinton.
“We’re at an impasse. We can’t do anything until the speaker sends the papers over so everybody enjoy the holidays.”
Treat Trump the same way Clinton was treated? Fair enough. Witnesses and documents were allowed when Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998. Yet McConnell doesn’t want the same standard to apply now that Trump is in the hot seat.
It’s been said before but needs to be repeated: If Trump is as innocent as he claims to be, why does he refuse to allow anyone to testify and not turn over relevant documents before the Senate trial begins? Only a guilty person acts the way he does.
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