McConnell Confirms Impeachment Trial: Senators Wont Be Allowed to Speak

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the Senate would hold a trial should the House impeach President Donald Trump, adding that “Senators wont be allowed to speak” in the process.

“Under the impeachment rules of the Senate, well take the matter up. The chief justice will be in the chair … We intend to do our constitutional responsibility,” he told reporters in Washington.

“We will have to convene every day, six days out of seven, at 12:30 or 1 oclock in the afternoon,” McConnell told reporters, adding that “Senators wont be allowed to speak, which will be good therapy for a number of them.”

Previously, McConnell said he would have “no choice” but to carry out an impeachment trial. The Senate needs a more than two-thirds majority, or 67 votes, to remove a president from office.

He was asked whether Trumps phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was appropriate.

“Look this matter is being looked at in the House,” he added to reporters. “Theyre denying due process. … At least it seems to be if theyre going to go forward, providing fundamental fairness and due process is appropriate.”

On Wednesday, meanwhile, he said the Democrats impeachment push was unfair and a violation of Trumps rights, saying that prior impeachment efforts gave the president and his team access to evidence and the power to suggest witnesses.

At the same time, the House has declined to hold a vote to make the impeachment inquiry official. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday announced that the House “will not be having a vote” in the near future.

“Already, House Democrats impeachment inquiry is violating norms and precedent. They are denying Republicans and President Trump the same rights that Democrats and President Clinton received during those impeachment proceedingRead More – Source