(Tea Party PAC) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has no patience for the inconsistent, lying Democrats and will proceed with the Senate impeachment trial rules without the input of his colleagues.
McConnell’s Senate counterpart, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) previously demanded that four White House witnesses testify in the Senate impeachment trial as well as control over how much time would be allotted for each witness.
Well, McConnell brushed off these demands and is now moving forward to dismiss the articles of impeachment in short order.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is on the verge of having sufficient backing in his 53-member caucus to pass a blueprint for the trial that leaves the question of seeking witnesses and documents until after opening arguments are made, according to multiple senators.
That framework would mirror the contours of President Bill Clinton’s trial and ignore Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s demands for witnesses and new evidence.
No final decision has been made, but in a brief interview, McConnell said he would address the possibility of spurning Democrats on Tuesday afternoon.
GOP leaders are expected to finalize their vote counts at their first party lunch since the holiday break and Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said on Tuesday that McConnell’s leadership team is “trying to get consensus among Republicans about how to go forward.”
“We are taking the temperature of our members to see where they are but I’m hoping our members will be prepared to move forward along the lines of the Clinton rules which is what we think makes sense,” Thune said. “What we’re aspiring to do is to get this process moving forward and indicate to the Democrats that as soon as they send those articles over here, we’re ready to go.”
Over in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is currently sitting on the two articles of impeachment that were approved before the holiday recess, holding them captive until the Republicans in the Senate acquiesce to her demands.
On Friday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced on Friday that if the Democrats fail to deliver the articles to the Senate as required by the Constitution, he will introduce a measure to dismiss them completely on Monday, January 6th.
Well, he kept his promise, introducing the resolution to allow the dismissal of what he called the “bogus impeachment” against President Trump.
This resolution now gives Speaker Pelosi 25 days from the day the articles were adopted to turn them over to the Senate or face dismissal of the charges.
This gives her until Sunday, January 12th to turn them over. What will she do?
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, McConnell told reporters during a press conference that the Republicans have the vote they need to affirm his rules for the impeachment trial.