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Politics McConnell tees off on Democrats over impeachment

01:05  16 october  2019
01:05  16 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

McConnell vows to stop impeachment in fundraising video

  McConnell vows to stop impeachment in fundraising video LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vows to stop any Democratic push for impeachment in a social media campaign ad that he's using as a platform to raise campaign funds off the inquiry of President Donald Trump. In the brief Facebook video, McConnell makes it clear that the Republican-controlled Senate with him in charge will be a firewall against efforts to remove Trump from office."All of you know your Constitution," McConnell says in the video. "The way that impeachment stops is with a Senate majority with me as majority leader.

Pursuing articles of impeachment against Trump would be politically explosive. Democrats know the Republican-led Senate under Mitch McConnell But she also seems to think the president is trying to goad Democrats into impeaching him as a way to stoke controversy. It’s not just about the Mueller

Democrats quickly dismissed McConnell 's urging to move on. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York called it "sort of like Richard Nixon saying let's move on" -- equating the There's little question that the Democratic base wants Democrats to push all the way to impeachment on Trump.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) teed off against the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, marking his first comments since Congress returned from its two-week break.

Mitch McConnell wearing a suit and tie: McConnell tees off on Democrats over impeachment© Greg Nash McConnell tees off on Democrats over impeachment

"House Democrats are finally indulging in their impeachment obsession. Full steam ahead," McConnell said during a speech from the Senate floor, adding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had "crumbled" to the "left-wing impeachment caucus."

"I don't think many of us were expecting to witness a clinic in terms of fairness or due process. But even by their own partisan standards, House Democrats have already found new ways to lower the bar," McConnell added.

Democrats subpoena Pentagon, budget chiefs in impeachment push

  Democrats subpoena Pentagon, budget chiefs in impeachment push House Democrats on Monday subpoenaed the heads of the Defense Department and Office of Management and Budget for documents related to the Trump administration's decision to withhold financial aid to Ukraine. In letters to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) acting director Russell Vought, the three committee chairmen leading the House's impeachment inquiry asked for the documents to be provided by Oct. 15.

McConnell released an ad this month, slamming Democrats for their impeachment efforts and vowing to stop it as majority leader. “Mitch McConnell has learned there is no point in weighing in on every story,” GOP strategist Ford O’ Connell said, according to The Hill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday went after House Democrats over their handling of an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. “Overturning the results of.

McConnell's comments come as House Democrats are holding near daily closed-door interviews with current and former administration officials as they dig into Trump's effort to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

Trump and his allies have lashed out at the investigation and argued that House Democrats must hold a public vote to formally launch an inquiry. Pelosi has said such a vote isn't necessary, though her caucus is expected to discuss that issue at a closed-door meeting later Tuesday.

Republicans are eager for a formal vote, arguing it would force swing-district Democrats to go on the record while bolstering their conference's ability to demand documents as part of an investigation.

McConnell didn't comment on Trump publicly calling on Ukraine and China to investigate the Bidens from the floor on Tuesday. He's remained largely silent on Trump's remarks since before Congress's two-week break.

But he lashed out at Democrats on Tuesday, saying they had "wasted no time throwing fairness and precedent to the wind."

"For all the public hyperventilating over institutional norms that we've heard from House Democrats, it appears they have no intention of letting norms, precedents or basic due process stand in the way as they seek to cancel out a presidency," McConnell added.

Senate GOP introduces resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry .
Senate Republicans introduced a resolution on Thursday condemning the impeachment inquiry against President Trump and calling on the House to hold a formal vote on the inquiry. Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is spearheading the resolution, which is backed by 39 GOP senators including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). "Every American should be disturbed by what is taking place in the House of Representatives regarding the attempt to impeach President Trump," Graham said in a statement."We cannot have a country where every American has rights except Donald Trump.

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