Mitch McConnell to Democrats: ‘Let’s quit the charade’ of impartial impeachment

by Editorial Team

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it’s time to “quit the charade” that Democratic senators would remain impartial and provide a fair impeachment trial for President Trump in the Senate.

“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,” the Kentucky Republican said on “Fox & Friends” Monday. “All I’m asking of Schumer is that we treat Trump the same way we treated [former President Bill] Clinton.”

Schumer on Sunday criticized McConnell for saying he would be “proud” to be a partial juror despite senators having to take an oath before a trial in the Senate to affirm that they would view the evidence without prejudice.

“That says it all,” Schumer said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding up delivering the two articles of impeachment to the Senate until she gets assurances from McConnell that he would conduct a fair trial.

In the interview, McConnell said Pelosi “apparently believes that she can tell us how to run the trial.”

“It seems to me a rather absurd position to say after you’ve impeached the president you won’t send the papers over to the Senate for the impeachment trial mandated by the Constitution,” he said.

Democrats have urged McConnell to call former and current Trump administration officials like acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in the Senate.

They said the Trump officials would have firsthand information on the nearly $400 million in military aid the president paused in a bid to push Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 presidential rival.

McConnell said calling witnesses hasn’t been ruled out yet.

“What we need to do is to listen to the arguments, have a written questioning period and then decide whether we need witnesses or not,” McConnell said.

“The House went ahead without witnesses. They didn’t pursue any of the witnesses in court when the president did what every president since George Washington has done and exert executive privilege,” he added.

As a result, he said the Democrats accused Trump of doing “something improper by simply invoking executive privilege.”

The House last Wednesday, voting largely along political lines, authorized two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

“Look, we’re at an impasse. We can’t do anything until the speaker sends the papers over, so everybody enjoy the holidays,” McConnell said.


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