Democrats in the House are preparing to impeach President Donald Trump, alleging “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress,” according to USA Today. And despite misgivings from more moderate Dems, it is expected that the matter will soon pass and make its way to a trial in the Senate — where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has promised a quick dismissal.
According to Fox News, McConnell told host Brian Kilmeade on his radio show on Tuesday that he and other Republicans in the Senate want the impeachment trial to move swiftly so they can “vote and move on.”
“We’ll listen to the arguments that the House managers appointed by [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi make, we’ll listen to the response from the president’s lawyers, and we’ll have a period of written questions, and then the Senate will have to make a decision,” the majority leader said, according to Fox. “And after we’ve heard the arguments we ought to vote and move on.”
A “show trial” in the Senate
In his talk on the Brian Kilmeade Show, McConnell alleged that allowing the impeachment trial to play out for longer than necessary would be “embarrassing” to America. He suggested that senators had “heard enough” in the House hearings to make their decisions without a “show trial.”
“Do we know enough, have we learned enough after listening to all this that we want to vote on the two very weak articles of impeachment?” McConnell asked, according to the Washington Examiner. “Or do we want to have a show trial in which both sides try to embarrass the other and put on an embarrassing scene, frankly, for the American people?”
President Trump previously said he wanted to hear witnesses like former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, and the so-called Ukraine “whistleblower” testify in a Senate impeachment trial, but he has reportedly since changed his tune to support McConnell’s stance on speedy proceedings.
Mutually assured destruction
But while McConnell tries to get impeachment done and over with, his Democratic counterpart says the majority leader is being “unfair.”
“There is no reason on God’s green earth why they shouldn’t be called and testify unless you’re afraid of what they might say,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said at a press conference Monday, according to Fox.
For his part, McConnell wasn’t impressed with that claim. “Well, Schumer made exactly the opposite argument 20 years ago during the Clinton impeachment,” he told Kilmeade. “So he’s not being consistent at all.”
What’s more, the majority leader informed Democrats that there will be unpleasant consequences if they continue to push for witness testimony. “If we go down the witness path, we’re going to want the whistleblower,” the Kentucky Republican said. “We’re going to want Hunter Biden. You can see here that this would be kind of a mutual assured destruction.”
According to McConnell, the end result is a foregone conclusion, anyway.
“We know how it’s going to end,” McConnell predicted confidently. “The president is not going to be removed from office.”