GOP resolution looks to block Dem candidates from Senate impeachment trial
Congressional Republicans want to require Senate Democrats running for president to recuse themselves from a possible impeachment trial against President Trump.
Rep. Karen Bass tells Ari Melber that she believes McConnell , acting as a juror in Trump's possible impeachment trial , is coordinating with the defendant
Some Democrats are raising concerns about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell 's statement that he will coordinate closely with the White House on the looming Senate impeachment trial , with one House Democrat saying the Kentucky Republican should recuse himself immediately.
WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers slammed Senate Majority Leaderintention to be in "total coordination" with the White House on impeachment strategy as Congress prepares for a historic vote to impeach President Donald Trump next week.
In a Thursday evening interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, McConnell, a Kentucky Republican,with the White House.
"We'll be working through this process, hopefully in a fairly short period of time in total coordination with the White House counsel's office and the people who are representing the president as well as the Senate," McConnell said.
Schumer to colleagues running for White House: Impeachment comes first
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says Democratic colleagues running for president, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), should prioritize the Senate impeachment trial over campaigning ahead of the Iowa caucuses.The trial could tie up senators on the Senate floor for the entire month of January, right before the first contest of the Democratic primary calendar scheduled in Iowa for Feb. 3. With the possibility of close votes on procedural questions such as what witnesses should be called to the Senate floor, Schumer says colleagues should make the trial their first priority, even if it might tread on their campaign plans.
Representative Val B. Demings, Democrat of Florida and a member of the House Judiciary Committee who is being mentioned as a possible House manager during the impeachment trial , went one step further, and called Friday for Mr. McConnell to recuse himself from the proceedings.
will vote to impeach Trump McConnell says he'll be in 'total coordination' with White House on impeachment trial strategy MORE (R-Ky.) to recuse himself from the Senate impeachment trial , citing the GOP leader's remarks the previous night about coordinating with the White House.
That didn't go over well with Democrats, who expressed concern over the relationship.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the top Senate Democrat, pointed to provisions in the Constitution governing impeachment: that senators are to act as impartial jurors during a Senate trial on whether to remove Trump from office.
“If articles of impeachment are sent to the Senate, every single senator will take an oath to render ‘impartial justice,’" Schumer said. "Making sure the Senate conducts a fair and honest trial that allows all the facts to come out is paramount."
McConnell: Senate won't take up impeachment trial before Christmas
McConnell and Schumer have yet to negotiate an agreement on the trial.“What is not possible obviously would be to turn to an impeachment trial or to do [the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement] in the Senate before we break for Christmas,” McConnell told reporters, while outlining the Senate’s agenda for the rest of the year.
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" Senator McConnell must therefore recuse himself in the expected Senate impeachment trial ." "The Constitution requires that after articles of impeachment pass the House of Representatives, the president must be given a fair trial in the Senate ," Demings said in a statement.
The House Judiciary Committeeagainst Trump in a Friday morning vote, setting the stage for a full House vote to impeach the president next week. If Trump is impeached, the Senate is required to hold a trial on whether to convict and remove him from office. That trial is likely in early 2020. Democrats enjoy enough of a majority in the House to impeach Trump even if several members vote no. But convicting and removing him from office – which requires a two-thirds Senate vote – appears to be a tougher task in a Senate that is more than half Republicans.
McConnell: I doubt any GOP senator will vote to impeach Trump
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that he doubts any Republican senators will vote to convict President Trump and remove him from office, and predicted some Democrats could also vote to acquit him. Asked during an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity if there he would be any GOP defections in the Senate, McConnell replied: "I doubt it." "I doubt it. There's zero chance the president would be removed fromAsked during an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity if there he would be any GOP defections in the Senate, McConnell replied: "I doubt it.
Karen Bass tells Ari Melber that she believes McConnell , acting as a juror in Trump's possible impeachment trial , is coordinating with the defendant, President Trump. She also tells Ari that all members of the committee felt "the weight of history" as they approved two articles of impeachment
On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to recuse himself from the Senate ’s impeachment trial . And so, if you can imagine going into a courtroom in a trial and the foreman of the jury says
House Judiciary Committee Democrats denounced McConnell's remarks and some even called for him to recuse himself from the Senate trial.
Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., said in a statement after the committee passed the articles of impeachment, “Senator McConnell has promised to sabotage that trial and he must recuse himself."
Demings said McConnell had already violated the "oath of impartiality required by the Constitution."
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., told reporters McConnell’s words show the Senate trial will be a “sham,” a word frequently used by the president and Republicans to describe the impeachment proceedings in the House.
“To have the foreman of the jury, the person who sets all of the rules in the Senate for this trial, to come out and say he's closely coordinating with the chief defendant, the White House, and that he has already decided that it's not going to happen. I think that is an outrage, and the American people will think it's an outrage as well,” she said. “That is a sham. It is disrespectful to the Constitution, and I think everyone should demand a fair trial, from their senator and from Mitch McConnell.”
Senate Dems ask that Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton testify at impeachment trial
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that drives a hard bargain on witnesses and documents.In a letter sent on Sunday evening to McConnell, the majority leader, Schumer says Senate Democrats want to hear testimony from four administration witnesses, including acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton. There is almost no chance Senate Republicans would vote to subpoena those witnesses without assent from the White House and calling their own preferred witnesses.
McConnell to recuse himself from trial ; Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson reacts. House Judiciary Committee member Mike Johnson, R-La., dismissed a claim by a committee Democrat Friday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is unfit to oversee an impeachment trial of President Trump.
As House Democrats prepare to hand off President Donald Trump‘s impeachment investigation to the U.S. Senate , one House Democrat is crying foul at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ’s role in the likely upcoming impeachment trial , calling for the senator to recuse himself completely.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., told reporters McConnell's statement "is a defeat of the constitutional design," noting McConnell is supposed to hold a fair trial.
“So, if Sen. McConnell is saying there's no chance that there's a conviction and he's coordinating with the White House, he essentially has surrendered the constitutional mandate that the Senate conducted a trial," he said.
The uproar over McConnell's comments and the partisanship of the trial could increase pressure on some Republican senators when their Democratic colleagues call on them to agree to demands for a "fair, legitimate process."
A motion during an impeachment trial only requires a simple majority – 51 votes. The Senate is currently split 53-47 in favor of Republicans, meaning four Republicans would have to break with their party for Democrats to earn a majority vote.
"It is incumbent on every Senator to ensure that the impeachment trial not become a farce. That depends on whether 4 Republicans will stand up against a ridiculously quick process,"Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del,. quoted Schatz's tweet and, "The absolute least the Senate can and must do is set up a fair, legitimate process if an impeachment trial begins."
Democrats accuse Trump of abusing his power to pressure the Ukrainian government into opening politically motivated investigations by withholding nearly $400 in security assistance and a White House meeting, and obstructing Congress' investigation into the Ukraine controversy.
Contributing: Christal Hayes and Savannah Behrmann
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McConnell says Senate Republicans have not ruled out witnesses in Trump impeachment trial .
McConnell says Senate Republicans have not ruled out witnesses in Trump impeachment trialWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday that Republicans were not opposed to hearing witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.