Mitch McConnell just told Chuck Schumer to go take a hike with his goofy demands.
McConnell totally dismissed Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s demand to have four White House witnesses testify in the Senate impeachment trial.
McConnell reminded clueless Chuck that it’s not the Senate’s job to “investigate” the impeachment. That job belongs to the House.
He also told Schumer that the Senate will not volunteer its time for a “fishing expedition.”
Here’s what McConnell said:
We don’t create impeachments, Mr. President. We judge them.
“The House chose this road. It is their duty to investigate. It’s their duty to meet the very high bar for undoing a national election. As Speaker Pelosi herself once said, it is the House’s obligation to, quote, ‘build an ironclad case to act.’
“If they fail, they fail. It is not the Senate’s job to leap into the breach and search desperately for ways to get to guilty. That would hardly be impartial justice.”
— Sen. McConnell
In a letter to McConnell Sunday night, Schumer proposed that the Senate issue subpoenas for documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to freeze military aid to Ukraine, as well as the following witnesses:
White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney
Mulvaney adviser Robert Blair
Former national security adviser John Bolton
Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey
The big picture: McConnell, who rebuked Schumer for sending a letter that was leaked to the press rather than waiting to meet in person, rejected the notion that it is the Senate’s obligation to call new witnesses — even those like the above White House officials who have defied subpoenas in the House impeachment inquiry. He also criticized Democrats for failing to pursue the subpoenas in court, calling it a “rushed process.”
Axios’ Jonathan Swan has reported that McConnell plans to hold a short, possibly two-week trial with no new witnesses — and that President Trump has largely come around on the plan.
McConnell has faced intense backlash from Democrats for stating on Fox News that he will closely coordinate with the White House on the Senate trial and that there is “zero chance” Trump will be removed from office.
Before beginning an impeachment trial, Senate rules dictate that senators must swear an oath to do “impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.” [AXIOS]
Below is an excellent floor speech from McConnell on the impeachment sham:
I will give the Democrats credit for being absolutely shameless and relentless fighters. They never stop pushing and pulling for what they want, no matter how stupid and ridiculous they look.
But let’s face it, this impeachment sham was handled badly from the start. Firstly, they have NOTHING on Trump so it was doomed to fail anyway, but buffoonish leaders like globalists Schiff and Nadler have only added to the fiasco.
Now, Schumer and the Senate Dems want to try and “fix things.” Well, that’s not how it works in the real world, Chucky. Your party made this mess, now you all have to wallow in it.
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