Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate Floor on Wednesday for the second consecutive day and called out House Democrats as being “undemocratic” for their focus on the impeachment inquiry and neglect of the work of legislation, according to The Hill.
“All their energy is going into this all-consuming impeachment parade that has been rolling on for three years now,” McConnell said according to The Hill. “Speaker Pelosi’s efforts to hold back her left-wing caucus have officially crumbled and the House has thrown itself into impeachment.”
Since the start of their impeachment inquiry, Democrats have been focused on a conversation held by President Donald Trump with the president of Ukraine, and whether he offered aid as an effort to solicit help investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
“Trump and his allies have lashed out at Democrats for not holding a formal vote to open the impeachment inquiry,” The Hill reported. “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said that a vote isn’t required under the rules and doubled down on Tuesday reiterating that they would not hold a vote.”
However, McConnell was unimpressed, lashing out at Democrats in his Wednesday tirade, saying that they appeared to be ignoring “fairness and due process.”
“The Democrats’ process already speaks for itself. For the first time ever, Speaker Pelosi has simply ordered the House to conduct an inquiry into impeaching a President without a full vote of the House. Just yesterday, the Speaker doubled down on this unprecedented and undemocratic process by once again refusing to hold a vote on an impeachment inquiry,” McConnell said according to The Hill.
“The Democrats would rather fight with the White House than work with Republicans and the administration to pass legislation. … Senate Republicans have been ready and waiting for weeks and months to do our part and actually make law on these subjects for the benefit of American families. We just need our counterparts across the Capitol to get serious about this,” McConnell said.
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer defended Pelosi, saying the “task was thrust upon them.”
“I know our colleagues in the House of Representatives did not run for office to begin an impeachment inquiry, but this task was thrust upon them by the president’s alleged conduct and the demands of our Constitution,” Schumer said.
Written by Savannah Pointer.