The Senate has finally reconvened after what felt like in exorbitantly long holiday break, and the first thing on their mind has to be the ongoing impeachment of Donald Trump.
We left the process of impeachment with two articles having been passed by the House of Representatives, but not sent to the Senate. The belief is that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is attempting to use this maneuver as leverage, in hopes that she can sway Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell into allowing several Democratically-requested witnesses to appear during the coming trial. So far, McConnell hasn’t budged. He continues to insist that the Senate trial will be swift and vindicating for the President.
Today, in his first speaking appearance since returning from break, McConnell laid down the law.
“Their turn is over. They’ve done enough damage. It’s the Senate’s turn now to render sober judgment,” McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor.
But he stressed that the chamber cannot hold a trial unless and until the House of Representatives transmits the two articles of impeachment adopted last month, accusing President Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress pertaining to his dealings with Ukraine. Pelosi, D-Calif., has held onto them in a bid to seek favorable terms for a trial, including the involvement of certain Democrat-sought witnesses.
McConnell called Pelosi’s effort to “hand-design” the proceedings in the Senate a “non-starter” and a “fantasy.”
The Democrats have long known that Trump would be acquitted by the GOP-held Senate, and this “fantasy” of steering the higher chamber has just been called out by McConnell…and bluntly.
That’s a Mitch-slap if we’ve ever seen one.
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