Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) again asserted that he does not expect President Donald Trump to be convicted and removed by the Senate when impeachment reaches the upper congressional body.
“I would be totally surprised if there were 67 senators to remove the president,” McConnell said in a weekly press conference, “That remains my view. However, we are obligated under the Constitution to turn to it when it comes over. And we will.”
The Senate which has a Republican majority needs 67 out of 100 votes to convict a president, while the Democrat-controlled House needs a simple majority to pass articles of impeachment.
McConnell also voiced his displeasure with the Houses push to impeach Trump.
“House Democrats announced they would rush ahead and prepare to send the articles of impeachment based on the least thorough and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.
The longtime senator then indicated when the Senate vote would take place. According to reports, House Democrats are trying to vote on articles of impeachment before the Christmas break, which starts at the end of next week.
“If the House continues this destructive road and sends us articles of impeachment, the Senate will take them up in the New Year and proceed to a fair trial,” he added.
On Tuesday, McConnell said the Senate would have two options after hearing opening arguments drawn from the Houses articles of impeachment and Trumps defense counsel.
“It could go down the path of calling witnesses and basically having another trial or it could decide—and again, 51 members could make that decision—that theyve heard enough and believe they know what would happen and could move to vote on the two articles of impeachment,” he told reporters. “Those Read More – Source