Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he couldnt imagine any a situation where the Republican-controlled Senate convicts and removes President Trump from office.
“I cant imagine a scenario under which President Trump would be removed from office with 67 votes in the Senate,” McConnell told reporters in Kentucky, USA Today reported on Monday.
While the House needs a simple majority to pass articles of impeachment, the Senate sets the bar much higher, with more than two-thirds of the 100 senators voting to convict.
While McConnell said that the Senate would take up impeachment, he pilloried it as a waste of time.
“Nothing is happening because House Democrats seized with Trump derangement syndrome are consumed with this argument with the president,” McConnell said.
He again said that due to the Senate rules, the impeachment inquiry should go forward.
“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,” he said.
Some senators, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have suggested that the Senate vote to simply dismiss the House impeachment effort, which would require 51 votes.
McConnell has slammed the House-led process, saying Trump hasnt been able to call in his own lawyers to defend himself.
“They have denied President Trump basic due process and are cutting his counsel out of the process in an unprecedented way. House Democrats new resolution does not change any of that,” McConnell remarked to reporters last month.
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