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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 tells Senate Republicans to be ready for impeachment trial of Trump

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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.

McConnell Will Move Ahead With Impeachment Trial Rules Without Democrats ' Support 3:44. McConnell said the Senate cannot move ahead with a vote on the resolution until Pelosi sends the articles over from the House.

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.

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McConnell told Politico that the Democrats had "already overplayed their hand" and there was "no quid pro quo" between Trump and Zelensky, according to a White House's summary of the call. The Democratic -controlled House needs only a simple majority to pass articles of impeachment , while

President Donald Trump's impeachment trial quickly burst into a partisan fight Tuesday as Senate Democrats objected strongly to rules proposed by the Republican leader Monday night for compressed arguments and a speedy trial.

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.

Republican protest delays impeachment testimony from Pentagon’s Ukraine expert .
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper was expected to answer questions about the mechanics of U.S. security assistance for Ukraine.Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper was due to speak at 10 a.m. in a closed-door session about the mechanics of U.S. security assistance for Ukraine and the fallout from the White House’s decision to withhold it for several months over the summer. But her session was disrupted as it was about to begin, with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus refusing to leave the area where impeachment witnesses have met with lawmakers.

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