Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) just fired a shoit across Nancy Pelosi’s bow and sent an unmistakable message to the hysterical Dems dreaming of impeachment.
Many thought Mitch would not even bother to hold a trial after Pelosi and the Democrats send him articles of impeachment as the constitution does not expressly mandate it.
Mitch rebuffed those today and said Senate rules do mandate he hold a trial but he reiterated that it will be Mitch and the GOP who actually control the trial.
From The Hill: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday said that the Senate would have “no choice” but to take up impeachment if the House passes articles against President Trump.
“Well under the Senate rules we’re required to take it up if the House does go down that path and we’ll follow the Senate rules,” McConnell said during an interview with CNBC.
Pressed on if he was saying the Senate would take action on impeachment, he added: “I would have no choice but to take it up, based on a Senate rule on impeachment.”
McConnell’s comments come after House Democrats announced last week that they were formally moving forward with an impeachment inquiry.
The GOP leader was asked last week, before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) announcement, about what he would do if the House sent over impeachment articles. But McConnell declined at the time to weigh in, saying he wasn’t going to comment on hypotheticals.
“I’m not going to address all of these various hypotheticals that have been aired out about what may or may not happen in the House, and I think all of that’s quite premature,” he told reporters.
A GOP Senate leadership aide clarified in a memo to reporters over the weekend that if the House passes articles of impeachment against Trump, the Senate must take some action.
“There is no way we could somehow bar the doors and prevent the managers from presenting the articles (to the Senate). The rules of impeachment are clear on this point,” the aide said.
McConnell, in his CNBC interview, noted that he’s being guided by a “Senate rule related to impeachment that would take 67 votes to change. So I would have no choice but to take it up. How long you’re on it is a whole different matter.”