Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a Monday interview that he can’t imagine any case where the Republican-controlled Senate would vote to remove President Donald Trump, despite the lower house of Congress’ impeachment inquiry, according to The Hill.
“I can’t imagine a scenario under which President Trump would be removed from office with 67 votes in the Senate,” McConnell told reporters in Kentucky according to The Hill.
The Republican Senate leader also took aim at House Democrats, saying that they suffered from “Trump derangement syndrome,” and that the impeachment effort they were embroiled in would take up time that the Senate should spend on actually important legislation. McConnell also promised that the issue of impeachment wouldn’t go to trial in the Senate, even if the House attempts to impeach him, saying that Senate rules are clear.
“Nothing is happening because House Democrats seized with Trump derangement syndrome are consumed with this argument with the president,” McConnell said.
“I don’t think there’s any question that we have to take up the matter. The rules of impeachment are very clear, we’ll have to have a trial. My own view is that we should give people the opportunity to put the case on,” he said.
“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 late last month.
According to The Hill, “Republican senators have considered a plan to dismiss a House impeachment inquiry were it to proceed to the upper chamber, a plan that would require a simple majority of 51 votes.
“Republicans including McConnell have also slammed the House process, arguing that the president has not been allowed to defend himself in the inquiry.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.