WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is continuing to make the case for a speedy Senate trial, striking down his Democratic counterpart’s request to hear new witnesses.
If the House does in fact vote to impeach the President, it is highly unlikely members of the Senate will hear from new witnesses at the anticipated trial.
That’s because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who have to work together to set trial conditions, have disparate visions for the process.
McConnell says it is not the responsibility of the Senate to rerun the fact finding investigation done in the House. He argues it’s the fault of House Democrats who rushed through the impeachment inquiry.
McConnell dismissed Schumer’s request to hear from Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former National Security Advisor John Bolton among others.
Meanwhile, Schumer is unwilling to say if the witnesses Republicans have called for, like the Biden’s, should testify as well.
“I’m not an impartial juror. This is a political process. There is not anything judicial about it. Impeachment is a political decision. The House made a partisan political decision to impeach. I would anticipate we will have a largely partisan outcome in the Senate. I’m not impartial about this at all,” said McConnell.
“I await Senator McConnell to call me and say let’s discuss it. The witnesses we have chosen have direct eyewitness knowledge of the facts at issue in the House impeachment charges. The Republicans are talking about calling witnesses that have nothing to do with the charges even though they may not like them. No one has said how Hunter Biden or Joe Biden has direct knowledge of the charges against President Trump and what he did. I will tell you, most of my Republican colleagues are afraid of Republicans making this into a circus where all of these conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact intrude on the august and solemn nature of talking about the charges against the President,” said Schumer.
House Democrats are expected to vote to impeach President Trump Wednesday. It will be just the third time in history such a vote has taken place. No House Republicans are anticipated to join them.