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McConnell on Possible Trump Impeachment Articles: Well Have to Have a Trial

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that the chamber would likely have a trial if articles of impeachment are passed in the House.

“I dont think theres any question that we have to take up the matter. The rules of impeachment are very clear, well have to have a trial. My own view is that we should give people the opportunity to put the case on,” McConnell told reporters on Wednesday as the House held public hearings on its impeachment inquiry.

McConnell said that the time-frame is unclear.

“On the issue of how long it goes on, its really kind of up to the Senate. People will have to conclude are they learning something new? At some point well get to an end,” he said.

His remarks were delivered as there were rumors that Republican Senators would try to quickly dismiss articles of impeachment with a simple majority vote.

During the impeachment efforts against former President Bill Clinton, Senate Democrats attempted to dismiss articles of impeachment that were passed in the House. A motion to dismiss would need 51 votes, while there are 53 Republicans in the Senate.

The Senate would then need 67 votes to convict and remove Trump.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said the impeachment trial will last for quite a while.

According to a CNN report Tuesday, Burr predicted that the impeachment trial would last from “six to eight weeks.” In comparison, the Clinton impeachment trial lasted about five weeks.

Burr said that “the day the [Senate] takes [the impeachment trial] up, we go into session six days a week from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.,” according to the CNN report.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) also told reporters on Wednesday he didnt expect there to be enough support to dismiss articles of impeachment.

“Theres some people talking about trying to stop the bill, dismiss charges basically as soon as they get over here. Read More – Source

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