Friday, November 15, 2019

McConnell Shuts Down Early Dismissal Option for Impeachment Articles, Says Senate Will ‘Have to Have a Trial’

Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday shut down an option floated by some Republicans to quickly dismiss articles of impeachment against President Trump, saying he fully expects the matter to go to trial in the Senate.
“I don’t think there’s any question that we have to take up the matter. The rules of impeachment are very clear, we’ll have to have a trial,” McConnell said as the first public impeachment hearing was underway before the House Intelligence Committee.
“My own view is that we should give people the opportunity to put the case on,” he added.
“On the issue of how long it goes on, it’s really kind of up to the Senate. People will have to conclude are they learning something new? At some point we’ll get to an end,” the Kentucky Republican said.
McConnell has previously said he expects the House to quickly send over articles of impeachment that the Senate will then take up.
“Under the impeachment rules of the Senate, we’ll take the matter up,” the Senate majority leader said. “We intend to do our constitutional responsibility.”
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