Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t pull any punches when he said Tuesday that the Senate would certainly acquit President Donald Trump if the impeachment trial were to be held today.
“I will say I’m pretty sure how it’s likely to end,” McConnell told reporters, according to Politico. “If it were today I don’t think there’s any question — it would not lead to a removal. So the question is how long does the Senate want to take? How long do the presidential candidates want to be here on the floor of the Senate instead of in Iowa and New Hampshire?”
This isn’t the first time that the Senate Majority Leader has voiced sentiment to that effect, though he has said that he would carefully follow all guidelines for an impeachment.
Previously, McConnell said on CNBC, “It is a Senate rule related to impeachment that would take 67 votes to change. I would have no choice but to take it up. How long you’re on it is a whole different matter, but I would have no choice but to take it up, based on a Senate rule on impeachment.”
However, the career Republican still came down hard on a House resolution which was meant to highlight the terms of the lower house of Congress’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to The Hill.
“They have denied President Trump basic due process and are cutting his counsel out of the process in an unprecedented way. House Democrats’ new resolution does not change any of that,” McConnell said according to The Hill.
“The draft resolution that has been released does nothing of the sort. It falls way short, way short,” he added.
McConnell’s comments came after House Democrats shared a draft of the resolution on Tuesday evening of last week.
Written by Savannah Pointer.