Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ruined every Democrat’s day on Tuesday.
According to the Hill, McConnell announced that the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will more than likely stand on the merits of the House hearings, meaning no witnesses will be called.
They’ve heard enough
The common narrative being pushed by most Republicans right now is that the House, even after having carte blanche in its hearings, failed to present evidence worthy of impeachment.
As McConnell put it, it was the duty of the House to find impeachable offenses, not the Senate. With such a weak case afoot, he sees no reason to delay the inevitable.
“I think we’ve heard enough,” he said. “After we’ve heard the arguments we ought to vote and move on.”
To defend his position, McConnell referenced that the 1999 model of impeachment during the Bill Clinton trial served everyone well, so let’s just duplicate it here and get past this, he says.
It won’t be easy
Several notable Democrats have come forward in the Senate requesting that Dems get to call witnesses. In response to that request, McConnell stated that if it gets to that point, Republicans would be calling some rather interesting names.
Among those were Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and Glenn Simpson (co-founder Fusion GPS), all witnesses the Democrats refused to be allowed by the Republicans in the House hearings.
The model to which McConnell referred above was passed by the 1999 Senate with a vote of 100–0. The problem, however, came when resolutions for witnesses were presented, with voting going right along party lines.
While President Trump is believed to want a trial to clear his name and put the Bidens under the microscope, some experts, including former congressman Trey Gowdy, believe Trump should take the early vote and move on.
According to Gowdy, the president would be far better served to let anyone but Congress be responsible for investigating the Bidens.
Trump’s Senate trial will begin after the holidays.