Impeachment discussions are preparing to enter and, most likely, pass through the Democrat-controlled House. The Republican-controlled Senate, on the other hand, is less than enthusiastic about entertaining the impeachment process. The controversy surrounding the situation has led US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to butt heads on the Senate floor.
Schumer requested that four witnesses testify on the Senate floor, which McConnell outright rejected.
McConnell clarified his reasoning.
“The House chose this road. It is their duty to investigate. It is their duty to meet the very high bar for undoing a national election… If they fail, they fail. It is not the Senate’s job to leap into the breach and search desperately for ways to ‘get to guilty.’ That would hardly be impartial justice… We don’t create impeachments. We judge them.”
Schumer claims McConnell did not provide an adequate reason for denying witnesses’ testimony.
“I did not hear a single sentence, a single argument as to why the witnesses I suggested should not give testimony. Impeachment trials, like most trials, have witnesses. To have none would be an aberration. Why is the leader, why is the president so afraid of having these witnesses come testify?”
Schumer also proposed a potential solution: to force a majority vote on whether or not the witnesses should testify. Whether or not he will act on that notion remains to be seen. For now, McConnell openly denounces what he deems to be a “fishing expedition” against Trump.
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