#Senate Majority Leader #MitchMcConnell (R-KY) hinted in a speech on Tuesday morning that the Senate will move to #dismiss the pending articles of #impeachment against #President #DonaldTrump after opening arguments in the expected trial.
was reacting to a proposal by #Senate
(D-NY) on Monday that the Senate call four additional, in-person #witnesses
that were not called, or not available, during the #House
inquiry, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman #AdamSchiff
But McConnell #dismissed
that suggestion out of hand, arguing that #Schumer
was trying to make “Chairman Schiff’s sloppy work more persuasive.”
McConnell accused Schumer of going straight to the news #media
with his proposals rather than speaking to him in person, as Senate leaders had done in the past.
He also noted that Schumer had misquoted the #Constitution
. The #Democrat
leader had claimed the Constitution gave the Senate “sole Power of Impeachment,” whereas Article I, Section 3 actually states, “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.”
“We don’t create #impeachments
over here … we #judge
them,” he declared.
It was the #House’s
, and to #build
. “If they fail, they fail! It’s not the Senate’s job to leap into the breach to search desperately for ways to get to guilty. That would hardly be #impartial
The Senate would not, he said, participate in “new fact-finding” that House Democrats were “too impatient” to pursue.
The Republican leader said he agreed with Schumer’s suggestion that the Senate follow the model used in President #BillClinton’s
impeachment trial in 1999, but accused Schumer of departing from that #precedent
In the 1999 trial, McConnell noted, here there were two procedural motions — one at the start of the #trial
, which allowed for a #motion
; and a later one guiding the trial’s procedures and conclusion.
McConnell noted that Schumer had supported a motion to dismiss in the #Clinton
case. He added that Schumer had opposed the calling of live witnesses in that case.
also strongly suggested that a motion to dismiss would be on Republicans’ agenda in trying the case against #PresidentTrump
McConnell called the House effort to investigate Trump the “most rushed, least thorough, and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history,” anticipating that its “slapdash work product” would be “dumped” on the Senate after Wednesday’s House vote.
He said that Schumer was trying to fill in the gaps in the House Democrats’ case. “Might he — just might he be coordinating these questions with people outside the Senate?” he asked rhetorically, answering Democrats’ claims that McConnell could not be impartial in the Senate trial because he had said he would be working with the #WhiteHouse
The Democrats’ case, McConnell said, did not come “anywhere near the bar for impeaching a duly elected president, let alone removing him for the first time in #American
“By any ordinary legal standard, what House Democrats have assembled would appear to be woefully, woefully inadequate to prove what they want to allege.”
McConnell warned that by impeaching President Trump on the grounds proposed by House Democrats, “we will invite future Houses to #paralyze
future Senates with #frivolous
“The House should not impeach on this basis in the first place,” McConnell said. He added that he still hoped to meet with Schumer.
, including President Trump, have proposed calling a variety of witnesses — including #Schiff
, former Vice President #JoeBiden
, his son #HunterBiden
, and the so-called “whistleblower.”
However, Senate #JudiciaryCommittee
(R-SC) has suggested #dispensing
with the charges swiftly and calling other witnesses as part of the ordinary #oversight
"The House should not impeach on this basis in the first place," McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor discussing trial procedures.www.breitbart.com