Will Mitch McConnell handle the impeachment trial fairly? | The Tylt
Will Mitch McConnell handle the impeachment trial fairly?
Republicans have been arguing impeachment is a political move by Democrats. Bringing the trial to a quick end is the only way to end what they say is a sham process. Instead, the American people should decide whether or not they approve of Trump's actions at the ballot box in 2020. Republicans trust McConnell will do what's best for Trump and his base. Per the New York Times' Carl Hulse:
Mr. McConnell said he considered the demand for witnesses from Senate Democrats an acknowledgment that the House did a shoddy job on the impeachment. He said the call for more testimony equated to a demand that the Senate “redo House Democrats’ homework for them.”
To date, the vast majority of Republicans in the Senate seem to share Mr. McConnell’s opinion of what he calls the thinnest and weakest impeachment case in history.
Democrats are worried McConnell will work with Trump to cover things up, given McConnell straight up said he would do so. During an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, McConnell told viewers:
“The case is so darn weak coming over from the House. We all know how it’s going to end.”
In response, Pelosi has refused to formally send the articles of impeachment to the Senate until there are guarantees of fairness, sparking a standoff. Schumer called on Trump to embrace the Democrats' proposals for the trial. If Trump did nothing wrong as he said, White House officials can testify to that.
“President Trump said he wants due process. Well, our proposal gives it to him,” Schumer said. “The tradition of due process is that when you are accused, you get to confront your accuser and make your case.”
“It’s hard to imagine a trial not having documents and witnesses. If it doesn’t have documents and witnesses, it’s going to seem to most of the American people that it is a sham trial. Not to get at the facts,” he said.