After Mitch McConnell admitted on Fox News the Senate impeachment trial will be a sham with a guaranteed acquittal, Rep. Val Demings (D - FL) made a compelling case that McConnell must recuse himself from the trial because of a lack of impartiality.
Demings sits on the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees overseeing the impeachment. She noted that the Constitution’s Article 1, Section 3 states: “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation.”
The “Oath” is defined by Senate rules, as The Hill reported Friday. It would read (emphasis added): “I solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of [President Trump], now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.”
Moscow Mitch has made clear he is anything but impartial. The Senate Majority Leader told Fox’s Sean that Trump’s lawyers will effectively be running the trial, “Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with the White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this to the extent that we can.”
Equally shocking, he told Hannity, “We know how it’s going to end. There’s no chance the president’s going to be removed from office.”
Watch the video here:
Mitch McConnell: Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House Counsel. There will be no difference between the President’s position and our position as to how to handle this pic.twitter.com/baFaTKWvUl
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) December 13, 2019
That video is disqualifying.
Demings noted that McConnell’s statement went against current Senate rules. She further said there was a conflict of interest in this case because Mitch isn’t just a member of the jury, he’s also acting as Trump’s defense attorney. In a statement, she said,
“No court in the country would allow a member of the jury to also serve as the accused’s defense attorney. The moment Senator McConnell takes the oath of impartiality required by the Constitution, he will be in violation of that oath.”
Clearly, McConnell cannot possibly swear under oath “in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of [President Trump], now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws. So help me God.”
So McConnell must recuse himself, and all those who believe in America and the Constitution should call on him to do so.
This whole saga has caused the hashtag #MoscowMitchMcConnell to trend on Twitter again.
#MoscowMitch is eliminating checks & balances on live TV. He should NOT be coordinating with the WH.
— Sally Deal (@SallyDeal4) December 13, 2019
Americans aren’t happy because the Kentucky rep’s statements were perhaps the opposite of what “impartial” stands for.
Moscow Mitch has just announced he will conduct the Senate trial in coordination with the WH. So much for Fairness & Impartiality. So much for Checks & Balances. So much for our 243 year Democratic Experiment.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) December 13, 2019