Mitch McConnell has rejected an impeachment rial proposal by Senator Chuck Schumer while also ripping Schumer and promising not to pursue a ridiculous ‘fishing expedition.’
According to Fox News:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struck back Tuesday at his Democratic counterpart’s calls for an in-depth impeachment trial featuring multiple new witnesses, dismissing the push as a “fishing expedition” that would set a “nightmarish precedent.”
“The Senate is meant to act as judge and jury, to hear a trial, not to re-run the entire fact-finding investigation because angry partisans rushed sloppily through it,” he said on the Senate floor.
McConnell, R-Ky., claimed that such investigative steps, though, were part of the House role — not a mission for the Senate. He warned that entertaining Schumer’s proposal to do House lawmakers’ “homework” could invite a string of future “dubious” and “frivolous” impeachment inquiries.
The majority leader on Tuesday also pointed out that Schumer’s letter referenced “keeping with the bipartisan spirit” of the procedures followed in the 1999 impeachment trial of then-President Bill Clinton, but stated that Schumer then went on “to demand things that would break with the 1999 model.” For example, he recalled that the 1999 impeachment trial procedures were laid out in two separate resolutions, with many of the details coming after it began and following a motion to dismiss that had been filed by Democrats including Schumer himself. Schumer’s letter, however, called for all procedures to be set out in a single resolution.
McConnell even used Nancy Pelosi’s words against her as The Daily Wire reports:
“We don’t create impeachments, Mr. President. We judge them,” said McConnell, in comments reported by Axios. “The House chose this road. It is their duty to investigate. It’s their duty to meet the very high bar for undoing a national election.”
McConnell then used Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s own words against her. “As Speaker Pelosi herself once said, it is the House’s obligation to, quote, ‘build an ironclad case to act,’” said McConnell.
Schumer responded by claiming that the Majority Leader simply does not want to work with him, but it appears McConnell is calling out Schumer for the game he attempting to play.