WASHINGTON, D.C. – A historic vote split along party lines is headed for a partisan battle in the Senate. President Donald Trump is now just the third commander-in-chief in the nation’s history to be impeached.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are gearing up for a showdown.
“It was the predetermined end of a partisan crusade,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday. “If the Senate blesses this slapdash impeachment, if we say that from now on this is enough, then we invite an endless parade of impeachable trials,” he added.
“These articles suggest the President committed a grave injury. Is the President’s case so weak that none of the President’s men can defend him under oath?” Schumer said in floor remarks.
Schumer wants the Senate to compel key witnesses close to the President to testify like Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Former National Security Advisor John Bolton but McConnell, who told Spectrum News earlier this week he has no plans to be an impartial juror, is eyeing a speedy trial absent a platform to potentially make things worse for Trump.
Meanwhile, there’s no settled timeline for the articles to reach the Senate because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants assurance of a fair process in advance.
“When we see the process that is set forth in the Senate, then we will know the number of managers that we may have to go forward and who we would choose,” said Pelosi at a Thursday news conference.
As the tone on Capitol Hill grows increasingly partisan, Spectrum News asked Paducah Congressman James Comer, a Republican, if President Trump could have done more to lower the temperature and even avoid getting impeached by fostering a better relationship with Speaker Pelosi.
“That’s not Trump’s style. That’s probably how I would have tried to handle it. This is Donald Trump and in Kentucky, this is what people want. Every time I go home, they say I love the President, I love that he’s trying to drain the swamp, I don’t like that people are politically correct and he speaks for me,” said Comer.