The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump two weeks ago.
After leading the most partisan impeachment inquiry in modern American history, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is refusing to send the articles of impeachment over to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell because she says Republicans won’t hold a “fair” trial.
But Senate Republicans have told Democrats exactly what’s going to happen when the articles are sent to the upper chamber — and liberals are fuming over it.
A new report reveals that McConnell and Senate Republicans are “unified” behind a no-witness impeachment trial — if the House ever transmits the articles of impeachment they voted on before their holiday recess.
McConnell said he believes his entire caucus united: “After weeks of behind-the-scenes debate, Senate Republicans have hit on their strategy for handling President Trump’s impeachment: a brief trial — with no witness testimony — and a fast acquittal.”
That doesn’t mean the trial will be swift. Republicans still plan on examining the evidence presented at the House hearings and will allow the White House to mount a defense.
McConnell did tell Fox News last week that he is prepared to make things difficult for Democrats if they are, indeed, successful at convincing enough Republicans to vote for a witness trial.
“If we go down in the witness path, we’re going to want the whistleblower. We’re going to want Hunter Biden,” he said. “You can see here that this is the kind of mutual assured destruction episode that will go on for a long time.”
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