McConnell tees off on Democrats over impeachment
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. "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"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.
President Donald Trump claimed earlier this month that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told him that his phone call with the Ukrainian president was “the most innocent phone call that I’ve ever read.”
But McConnell said Tuesday he’s never had a conversation about the phone call with the president.
“We’ve not had any conversations on that subject,” McConnell told reporters about the transcript of the call between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Trump.
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Democrats are using the call to bolster their impeachment inquiry into Trump, claiming the president abused his power when he pressured Zelensky to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
McConnell has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, arguing it is hindering passage of a new North American trade agreement and that the president and his team are not being afforded procedural protections. After reviewing the summary earlier this month, McConnell said it is “laughable to think this is anywhere close to an impeachable offense” and that it’s “clear there is no quid pro quo that the Democrats were desperately praying for.”
But Trump said on Oct. 3 that McConnell had gone further.
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“He put out a statement that said that was the most innocent phone call he's read. And I spoke to him about it too. He read my phone call with the president of Ukraine. Mitch McConnell. He said that was the most innocent phone call that I've read. I mean, give me a break,” Trump told reporters.
McConnell was subsequently asked on Tuesday whether the president was lying when he made that statement. The GOP leader replied: “You’ll have to ask him. I don’t recall any conversations with the president about that phone call.”
"I'll let the two of them figure that out for themselves," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) when asked about the discrepancy between the president and McConnell. "When President Trump says something, I think peoples' initial reaction ... is skepticism."
Trump touts Ukraine call during meeting with Republican senators .
President Donald Trump on Thursday continued courting the Republicans that will determine whether or not he is removed from office, telling a group of nine GOP senators that he was glad he had released the summary of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. © Scott Olson/Getty Images President Donald Trump. Over chicken lunch in the Roosevelt Room, the president repeatedly referenced the summary of his call with Zelensky as exculpatory and touted the opposition of two House Democrats to the House’s impeachment resolution on Thursday, according to attendees.