House Democrats succeeded in impeaching President Donald Trump but have yet to forward the official articles to the Senate for a trial amid accusations that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) won’t conduct a “fair” trial and won’t be an “impartial” juror.
McConnell dismissed those concerns with a laugh on Monday, however, and urged his Democrat colleagues in Congress to “quit the charade” of acting like any of them are impartial in the matter or that anything about the process in the House thus far had been conducted in a “fair” manner, The Hill reported.
McConnell’s remarks came during an appearance Monday morning on Fox & Friends in which he was asked about what he thought House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was trying to do by withholding the articles of impeachment for the time being.
The Senate leader expressed his surprise that Pelosi thought she could try “to tell us how to run the trial.”
“You know, I’m not anxious to have this trial so if she wants to hold on to the papers, then go right ahead,” he added.
McConnell then explained the offer he had put forward to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), which was to hold the Senate trial in the same manner as the impeachment trial for former President Bill Clinton had been conducted.
He also noted how “absurd” he found the idea that House Democrats would rush through an impeachment inquiry without calling witnesses with any direct knowledge of a crime and then sit on the very articles that were so hurriedly passed.
Sen. McConnell was asked to respond to a video clip of Schumer criticizing his lack of impartiality on the impeachment matter.
With regard to the “impartiality issue,” McConnell said, “Do you think Chuck Schumer is impartial? Do you think Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is impartial? Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is impartial? So let’s quit the charade. This is a political exercise.”
“All I’m asking of Schumer is that we treat Trump the same way we treated Clinton,” he added and reiterated the agreed-upon procedure — in favor of which Schumer had voted — for conducting the trial.
Wrapping up the issue for the moment, McConnell said, “Look, we’re at an impasse. We can’t do anything until the Speaker sends the papers over, so everybody enjoy the holidays.”
Sen. McConnell is right to dismissively laugh off the accusations that his partiality to the president will prevent him from conducting a fair process and to point out the decided lack of fairness among the Democrat side of the aisle, where the decision to impeach Donald Trump was made long before Ukraine hit the headlines.