Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been known to let the right down on occasion, but when it comes to impeaching President Donald Trump, he is saying all the right things.
Appearing Thursday on Fox News’ “Hannity,” McConnell talked about his strategy for a Senate impeachment trial and was emphatic that there’s “no chance” Trump will be convicted — the Democrat-led House is widely expected to approve two articles of impeachment next week, resulting in a Senate trial to determine if the president will be removed from office.
And one thing is certain, McConnell, who called the charges “weak,” will control how events proceed in the upper chamber and, in the process, control President Trump’s ultimate fate. For the president, the good news is McConnell said he’ll “take my cues from the president’s lawyers.”
“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House counsel,” McConnell told host Sean Hannity. “There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this — to the extent that we can. We do not have the kind of ball control on this.”
“A typical issue, for example, comes over from the House,” he added. “If I don’t like it, we don’t take it up. We have no choice but to take it up. But we’ll be working through this process, hopefully in a short period of time, in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office and the people representing the president in the well of the Senate.”
McConnell has been clear the trial will be quick, and there have been reports he may not call witnesses and move to a quick vote on the two articles of impeachment after presentations from each side — the same cabal that supported the Democratic Party’s partisan attempt to take out Trump, and their proceeding kangaroo court that denied the president due process, is already calling the Senate effort “a sham impeachment trial.”
Trump reportedly wants former Vice President Joe Biden to testify, along with his son Hunter, the whistleblower and House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. — the whistleblower reportedly contacted Schiff’s staff on the committee prior to filing his complaint.
Either Way, McConnell is confident in the outcome.
“We know how it’s going to end,” McConnell said. “There’s no chance the president is going to be removed from office.”
The Senate needs 67 votes to remove Trump from office and with 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and 2 Independents, that will require plenty of GOP defections — far more than the usual suspects when is comes to weak-kneed Republicans.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if we got one or two Democrats,” McConnell said of the vote to acquit Trump.
Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the GOP vote-counter, told NBC News the outcome is known to most.
“I think there’s going to be a desire to wrap this up in somewhat of a timely way, you know, given the fact that most people know what the outcome is in advance,” Thune said.
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