Mitch McConnell insists there’s no daylight with the White House when it comes to a Senate impeachment trial.
The powerful Senate Majority Leader claimed there would be “total coordination” with President Trump, even though the two men have outlined starkly different outlines of how things will play out when the impeachment drama gets to the upper chamber.
“There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this,” McConnell told right wing host Sean Hannity on Fox News Thursday night.
“The case is so darn weak,” McConnell added.
McConnell, who met with White House lawyer Cipollone Thursday, says he hopes to win the votes of every single Republican senator to clear Trump.
Democrats slammed McConnell for admitting that they is plotting with the defense in what is supposed to be an impartial trial.
“That is an outrage,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.). “This needs to be a proper trial.”
He said he will listen to the White House every step of the way.
“I’m going to take my cues from the president’s lawyers,” McConnell said.
Nice try, Mitch. But there is actually a gaping chasm between McConnell’s vision and that of Trump.
The Senate leader is plotting a quick and orderly trial with as little actual trial-ing as possible. Think short arguments, then a vote to end the “hoax.” No witnesses at all, let alone ones like Hunter Biden who might take the trial down time-consuming rabbit holes.
He even used the Fox New appearance for what appeared to be a pitch to Trump to get on board with the “trial lite” plan.
“If you’ve listened to the arguments on both sides and believe the case is so slim, so weak that you have the votes to end it, that might be what the president’s lawyers would prefer,” McConnell said.
Well, yeah, unless you’re Trump.
The president has suggested turning the impeachment trial into a sprawling made-for-TV spectacle that would not only clear him but also humiliate Democrats and fuel Trump-friendly conspiracy theories that could boost his 2020 reelection campaign.
That could include calling both Bidens, the intelligence whistleblower, Rep. Adam Schiff and who knows who else.