Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that he’s less concerned than many of his Republican colleagues about the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry, saying that Republicans will have their time in the Senate, according to The Hill.
“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,” McConnell told reporters.
The Senate Majority Leader went on to comment on the time frame for the impeachment trial, “on the issue of how long it goes on, it’s really kind of up to the Senate. People will have to conclude are they learning something new? At some point, we’ll get to an end.”
McConnell’s response to the issue is an important one, according to conservative political pundit radio host and Fox News anchor Mark Levin, who said that it is imperative that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell use his power to dial back the unruly lower house of Congress.
Levin called out McConnell for not taking more of a stand to the American people, going to bat for President Donald Trump. The Fox host said that while McConnell did admittedly do a good job making sure Supreme Court Justice Bret Kavanaugh wasn’t totally railroaded, that being the majority leader is “battle after battle after battle.”
“You remember I said from day one, the battles in the Senate, they control the House, the battle is in the senate. It’s not in the courts, the battle is in the Senate.
“Only the Senate has the power under our constitution to police what the Hosue is doing. Only the Senate. There’s no other body, and that’s’ the way the framers intended it, and that’s what the Federalist Papers say. That’s what Maddison’s notes effectively say.
“You need a supermajority to remove a president, you have a trial with the chief justice sitting as the judge. But the Senate has the sole power of the trial. The sole power to control the rules, the process. Not the chief justice, the senate has the sole power.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.