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Huh What? McConnell Says Senate Has No Choice But To Take Up Impeachment

On Monday, Sen. Mitch McConnell laid to rest the idea that he would not allow a trial on impeachment charges if passed by the House of Representatives.

I was trying to remember if the Senate took up the impeachment against Bill Clinton back in the 90s. I had to do some digging and found that the Senate held a trial and acquitted Clinton on perjury charge which was defeated with 55 “not guilty” votes and 45 “guilty” votes.

On the obstruction-of-justice article, the chamber was evenly split, 50-50.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he will take up impeachment articles passed by the House because he is required to do so under Senate rules.

“It’s a Senate rule related to impeachment that would take 67 votes to change, so I would have no choice but to take it up,” McConnell told CNBC in an interview. “The Senate would have to take up an impeachment resolution if it came over from the House.”

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The statement puts to rest speculation that McConnell might ignore the House if it passes one or more articles of impeachment against the president.

McConnell said Senate rules do not allow the chamber to ignore the House on impeachment. The Senate would have to hold a trial on each of the articles presented by House Democrats. [Washington Examiner]

Here are the results of the votes against Clinton when the Senate held their trial:

Perjury article
article
Obstruction of
justice article
Spencer Abraham
(R-Michigan)
GUILTY GUILTY
Daniel K. Akaka
(D-Hawaii)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Wayne Allard
(R-Colorado)
GUILTY GUILTY
John Ashcroft
(R-Missouri)
GUILTY GUILTY
Max Baucus
(D-Montana)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Evan Bayh
(D-Indiana)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Robert F. Bennett
(R-Utah)
GUILTY GUILTY
Joseph R. Biden Jr.
(D-Delaware)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Jeff Bingaman
(D-New Mexico)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Christopher S. Bond
(R-Missouri)
GUILTY GUILTY
Barbara Boxer
(D-California)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
John B. Breaux
(D-Louisiana)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Sam Brownback
(R-Kansas)
GUILTY GUILTY
Richard H. Bryan
(D-Nevada)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Jim Bunning
(R-Kentucky)
GUILTY GUILTY
Conrad R. Burns
(R-Montana)
GUILTY GUILTY
Robert C. Byrd
(D-West Virginia)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Ben Nighthorse Campbell
(R-Colorado)
GUILTY GUILTY
John H. Chafee
(R-Rhode Island)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Max Cleland
(D-Georgia)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Thad Cochran
(R-Mississippi)
GUILTY GUILTY
Susan Collins
(R-Maine)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Kent Conrad
(D-North Dakota)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Paul Coverdell
(R-Georgia)
GUILTY GUILTY
Larry E. Craig
(R-Idaho)
GUILTY GUILTY
Michael D. Crapo
(R-Idaho)
GUILTY GUILTY
Thomas A. Daschle
(D-South Dakota)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Mike DeWine
(R-Ohio)
GUILTY GUILTY
Christopher J. Dodd
(D-Connecticut)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Pete V. Domenici
(R-New Mexico)
GUILTY GUILTY
Byron L. Dorgan
(D-North Dakota)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Richard Durbin
(D-Illinois)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
John Edwards
(D-North Carolina)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Mike Enzi
(R-Wyoming)
GUILTY GUILTY
Russell D. Feingold
(D-Wisconsin)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Dianne Feinstein
(D-California)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Peter G. Fitzgerald
(R-Illinois)
GUILTY GUILTY
William H. Frist
(R-Tennessee)
GUILTY GUILTY
Slade Gorton
(R-Washington)
NOT GUILTY GUILTY
Bob Graham
(D-Florida)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Phil Gramm
(R-Texas)
GUILTY GUILTY
Rod Grams
(R-Minnesota)
GUILTY GUILTY
Charles Grassley
(R-Iowa)
GUILTY GUILTY
Judd Gregg
(R-New Hampshire)
GUILTY GUILTY
Chuck Hagel
(R-Nebraska)
GUILTY GUILTY
Tom Harkin
(D-Iowa)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Orrin G. Hatch
(R-Utah)
GUILTY GUILTY
Jesse Helms
(R-North Carolina)
GUILTY GUILTY
Ernest F. Hollings
(D-South Carolina)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Tim Hutchinson
(R-Arkansas)
GUILTY GUILTY
Kay Bailey Hutchison
(R-Texas)
GUILTY GUILTY
James M. Inhofe
(R-Oklahoma)
GUILTY GUILTY
Daniel K. Inouye
(D-Hawaii)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
James M. Jeffords
(R-Vermont)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Tim Johnson
(D-South Dakota)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Edward M. Kennedy
(D-Massachusetts)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
J. Robert Kerrey
(D-Nebraska)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
John F. Kerry
(D-Massachusetts)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Herb Kohl
(D-Wisconsin)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Jon Kyl
(R-Arizona)
GUILTY GUILTY
Mary Landrieu
(D-Louisiana)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Frank R. Lautenberg
(D-New Jersey)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Patrick J. Leahy
(D-Vermont)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Carl Levin
(D-Michigan)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Joseph I. Lieberman
(D-Connecticut)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Blanche Lambert Lincoln
(D-Arkansas)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Trent Lott
(R-Mississippi)
GUILTY GUILTY
Richard G. Lugar
(R-Indiana)
GUILTY GUILTY
Connie Mack
(R-Florida)
GUILTY GUILTY
John McCain
(R-Arizona)
GUILTY GUILTY
Mitch McConnell
(R-Kentucky)
GUILTY GUILTY
Barbara A. Mikulski
(D-Maryland)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
(D-New York)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Frank H. Murkowski
(R-Alaska)
GUILTY GUILTY
Patty Murray
(D-Washington)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Don Nickles
(R-Oklahoma)
GUILTY GUILTY
Jack Reed
(D-Rhode Island)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Harry Reid
(D-Nevada)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Charles S. Robb
(D-Virginia)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Pat Roberts
(R-Kansas)
GUILTY GUILTY
John D. Rockefeller IV
(D-West Virginia)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
William V. Roth Jr.
(R-Delaware)
GUILTY GUILTY
Rick Santorum
(R-Pennsylvania)
GUILTY GUILTY
Paul S. Sarbanes
(D-Maryland)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Charles E. Schumer
(D-New York)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Jeff Sessions
(R-Alabama)
GUILTY GUILTY
Richard C. Shelby
(R-Alabama)
NOT GUILTY GUILTY
Bob Smith
(R-New Hampshire)
GUILTY GUILTY
Gordon Smith
(R-Oregon)
GUILTY GUILTY
Olympia J. Snowe
(R-Maine)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Arlen Specter
(R-Pennsylvania)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Ted Stevens
(R-Alaska)
NOT GUILTY GUILTY
Craig Thomas
(R-Wyoming)
GUILTY GUILTY
Fred Thompson
(R-Tennessee)
NOT GUILTY GUILTY
Strom Thurmond
(R-South Carolina)
GUILTY GUILTY
Robert Torricelli
(D-New Jersey)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
George V. Voinovich
(R-Ohio)
GUILTY GUILTY
John W. Warner
(R-Virginia)
NOT GUILTY GUILTY
Paul D. Wellstone
(D-Minnesota)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY
Ron Wyden
(D-Oregon)
NOT GUILTY NOT GUILTY

 

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