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Politics McConnell still 'can't imagine' Senate will oust Trump in impeachment process

22:55  18 november  2019
22:55  18 november  2019 Source:   cincinnati.com

McConnell discounts quick dismissal of Trump impeachment articles: 'We'll have to have a trial'

  McConnell discounts quick dismissal of Trump impeachment articles: 'We'll have to have a trial' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) brushed aside a question on Wednesday about trying to quickly dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump, noting the chamber would have to have a trial."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. My own view is that we should give people the opportunity to put the case on," McConnell"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. My own view is that we should give people the opportunity to put the case on," McConnell told reporters.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to hold the line when it comes to impeachment, saying Monday he "can't imagine a scenario" in which the U.S. Senate would remove President Donald Trump from office.

This comes the week after the U.S. House of Representatives began holding public hearings in the impeachment inquiry.

McConnell discounts quick dismissal of Trump impeachment articles: 'We'll have to have a trial'

  McConnell discounts quick dismissal of Trump impeachment articles: 'We'll have to have a trial' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) brushed aside a question on Wednesday about trying to quickly dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump, noting the chamber would have to have a trial."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. My own view is that we should give people the opportunity to put the case on," McConnell"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. My own view is that we should give people the opportunity to put the case on," McConnell told reporters.

The House still has to vote on whether to approve articles of impeachment. If that happens, McConnell said Monday he's still confident it wouldn't lead to Trump's ouster.

“I can’t imagine a scenario under which President Trump would be removed from office with 67 votes in the Senate," he said, reaffirming comments he made two weeks ago in Washington.

Although he seems assured of the outcome, he noted it's still an open question of how long a Senate impeachment trial would last.

Impeachment would displace the chamber's other business, McConnell said.

Earlier: Billboard warns McConnell to impeach Trump or 'lose your job'

He indicated the ongoing inquiry is already slowing its progress on priorities such as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which requires Congress' approval.

Senate GOP waves Trump off early motion to dismiss impeachment charges

  Senate GOP waves Trump off early motion to dismiss impeachment charges Senate Republicans are telling President Trump's defense team to prepare for a full Senate trial, stating that any motion for an early dismissal of impeachment charges likely won't have the votes to pass.The warnings are a tacit acknowledgement that it would be politically risky to simply discard articles of impeachment - even though all Senate Republicans may ultimately opt to acquit the president.

"Nothing is happening because House Democrats seized with Trump derangement syndrome are consumed with this argument with the president," he said.

Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell posing for the camera: President-elect Donald Trump, flanked by his wife Melania and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gives a thumbs-up while walking on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, after their meeting.© Molly Riley, AP President-elect Donald Trump, flanked by his wife Melania and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gives a thumbs-up while walking on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, after their meeting. McConnell was in downtown Louisville on Monday to receive this year's "Distinguished Rural Kentuckian" award from the Kentucky Electric Cooperatives.

During his acceptance speech, McConnell spoke about how he has been able to use his position as Senate majority leader to benefit rural Kentucky and "Middle America."

He also criticized a general lack of civility in American political discourse, which he considers to be "our biggest national problem" right now.

"People are acting out," he said. "We need to learn how to behave better, how to disagree without anger ..."

McConnell suggests House impeachment timing could push Senate trial to 2020

  McConnell suggests House impeachment timing could push Senate trial to 2020 "It looks to me like the House is gonna be on this until Christmas," the Senate Majority Leader said Monday of the House's impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump."Well, all I can tell you at this particular point is it looks to me like the House is gonna be on this until Christmas," McConnell told reporters at an event in downtown Louisville.

McConnell is up for reelection next year and has a reputation for running cutthroat campaigns against his political opponents. And he acknowledged Monday that campaigns are "hot salsa" but emphasized that the governing process doesn't have to be that way.

Gov. Matt Bevin, who lost his own reelection bid this month to Democrat Andy Beshear, often has been criticized for the way he spoke about public school teachers and other people who opposed his policies. But McConnell told reporters Monday that he wasn't thinking about Kentucky politics when he made those comments about the need for civility.

Previously: McConnell thinks Trump would be safe if a trial was held today

He said he was thinking about national issues, and in particular about when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the country's highest court was being considered last year.

Kavanaugh's nomination was highly controversial. Both he and Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, testified before Congress in the lead-up to his eventual appointment to the Supreme Court.

McConnell says "inconceivable” U.S. Senate will have votes to remove Trump

  McConnell says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday dismissed the likelihood that his Republican-led chamber would cast enough votes to remove President Donald Trump, the head of the Republican party, from office should the impeachment case be put before them. © Getty Images UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., boards an Senators Only elevator in the Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) "It’s inconceivable to me there would be 67 votes to remove the president from office," McConnell told reporters.

On Monday, McConnell spoke critically of that period of time, when "we had people chasing members (of Congress) through the halls and getting in their faces and screaming and hollering and going over to the Supreme Court and acting out.

"Certainly we have free speech in this country, but I think we have a serious civility problem," he said.

When a reporter asked whether Trump shares some of the blame for that, given his penchant for harshly criticizing people he disagrees with, McConnell said: "I think we have a civility problem, and I didn't confine it to just liberals. I think it's across the board."

As for Bevin's loss to Beshear, McConnell reiterated statements he previously made in which he said Bevin had a good four years but came up short in the November election.

He also said he called Beshear after Bevin conceded the race last week and plans to meet with the attorney general — and soon-to-be governor — before the end of the year.

Related: Will Rand Paul be punished for outing suspected Trump whistleblower?

Morgan Watkins: 502-582-4502; mwatkins@courierjournal.com; Twitter: @morganwatkins26. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/morganw.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: McConnell still 'can't imagine' Senate will oust Trump in impeachment process

Rules for Trump Impeachment Trial May Be Modeled After Clinton's .
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that he thinks the rules for the impeachment trial of President Clinton would be a place to start for what a trial of President Trump might look like.In the House, the three committees conducting the impeachment inquiry have begun compiling a report that could be sent to the House Judiciary Committee as early as next week. The Judiciary panel has scheduled a Dec. 4 hearing where legal experts are expected to testify on what Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.

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