McConnell Warns Senators Against Convicting Trump Ahead of Trial

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that convicting President Donald Trump in a Senate impeachment trial would “almost guarantee the impeachment of every future president.”

McConnell noted that some Democrats have been trying to impeach Trump since he was inaugurated, including House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who campaigned for the chair by touting his expertise regarding impeachment.

The push to impeach Trump “isnt really about Ukraine policy or military assistance money,” McConnell said on the Senate floor in Washington on Tuesday.

“Presidential impeachment may be the gravest process our constitution contemplates. It undoes the peoples decision in a national election, going about it in this subjective, unfair, and rushed way is corrosive to our institutions. It hurts national unity, and it virtually guarantees—guarantees—that future Houses of either party will feel free, free to impeach any future president because they dont like him,” he said.

While “House democrats may have descended into pure factionalism,” the Senate was designed by the founding fathers “to stabilize our institutions, to break partisan fevers, to stop short-term passions from destroying our long-term future,” McConnell added.

Trump walks to Marine On
Trump walks to Marine On
President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Jan. 9, 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

McConnell has repeatedly derided the impeachment case built against Trump, calling it “weak” and “half-baked.” He has resisted calls to insert the matter of whether to call witnesses in the Senates initial vote on trial guidelines, citing precedent established during President Bill Clintons 1999 trial. And he has said he would be surprised if Trump wasnt acquitted.

The House voted to impeach Trump for abuse of office and obstruction of Congress on Dec. 18, 2019. The House was slated to vote to send the impeachment articRead More – Source

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