McConnell Dismisses Schumer’s Impeachment Demands as “Fishing Trip”
Written by Luis Miguel
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) struck down Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday after the Democrat leader wrote a letter Sunday evening in which he called for multiple new witnesses to be summoned before the body as part of its trial should the House vote to impeach President Trump.
McConnell stated that the Senate’s role is to conduct a trial, not usurp the fact-finding function of the House. He panned Schumer’s demand as a “fishing expedition” that would set a “nightmarish precedent.”
“The Senate is meant to act as judge and jury, to hear a trial, not to re-run the entire fact-finding investigation because angry partisans rushed sloppily through it,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.
In his letter, Schumer urged the Senate to subpoena new documents and call witnesses who had been blocked by the White House during the House Intelligence Committee’s hearing.
Among the witnesses Schumer said he wants to see brought before the Senate are Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former National Security Advisor John Bolton, Senior Advisor to the Acting White House Chief of Staff Robert Blair, and Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey.
“I also propose that the Senate issue subpoenas for a limited set of documents that we believe will shed additional light on the Administration’s decision-making regarding the delay in security assistance funding to Ukraine and its requests for certain investigations to be announced by the government of Ukraine,” Schumer wrote.
McConnell claimed that such procedures were the proper domain of the House, not the Senate, and called Schumer’s letter a proposal to do the House’s “homework” that could lead to “dubious” and “frivolous” impeachment inquiries in the future.
“We don’t create impeachments over here … we judge them,” McConnell declared. He also noted that Schumer misquoted the Constitution, saying that the Constitution gives the Senate “sole Power of Impeachment,” whereas Article I, Section 3 states that “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.”
McConnell criticized House Democrats for doing a rush job, saying Schumer wants “to make [Intelligence] Chairman [Adam] Schiff’s sloppy work more persuasive.”
The House’s investigation was the “most rushed, least thorough, and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history,” McConnell said.
According to the Senate majority leader, Democrats’ case does not come
“anywhere near the bar for impeaching a duly elected president, let alone removing him for the first time in American history.”
“By any ordinary legal standard, what House Democrats have assembled would appear to be woefully, woefully inadequate to prove what they want to allege.”
Schumer’s letter referenced “keeping with the bipartisan spirit” of the 1999 impeachment trial of then-President Bill Clinton. But, according to McConnell, Schumer went on “to demand things that would break with the 1999 model.”
In 1999, for instance, the impeachment trial was laid out in two separate resolutions, whereas Schumer called for all procedures to be set in a single resolution. Schumer was among the Democrats who filed to dismiss the impeachment against Clinton.
“Look, most people understand what the democratic leader is really after,” said McConnell, alleging that Schumer wants to “lock in live witnesses.”
Schumer responded to McConnell’s comments minutes after.
“I listened to the leader’s speech. I did not hear a single sentence, a single argument for why the witnesses I suggested should not give testimony,” the Democrat leader said, adding, “My letter was intended as a good-faith proposal to kickstart the discussions that Leader McConnell has so far delayed in scheduling.”
The House rules committee decided late Tuesday to debate impeachment for six hours in the full house on Wednesday, putting a vote on track for a Wednesday early afternoon or evening vote.
“No one should be allowed to use the powers of the presidency to undermine our elections or cheat in a campaign. No matter who it is. And no matter their party,” said Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), the committee’s chairman.
Impeachment is expected to pass, with 17 Trump district House Democrats having announced to vote in favor of impeaching President Trump.
A group of Democrats from districts that President Trump won in 2016 have suggested censuring the president instead of impeaching him, as has Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), a 2020 presidential candidate.
“I think it’s really important that every member of Congress cast their vote based on what’s in the best interest of the country rather than based on political implications,” Gabbard said.
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American