Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY) has openly declared that the Senate trial will be a sham.
He has shrugged off the Senate Oath of impartiality he must take and guaranteed Trump will be acquited.
Now, McConnell is stating that he doesn’t even intend to call White House officials as witnesses.
Democrat lawmakers are urging McConnell to call upon four officials that worked closely with President Trump and have first-hand knowledge of his dealings with Ukraine.
However, on Tuesday morning, McConnell remarked on the Senate floor that taking the testimony from those witnesses that might further the case against the President would be “a strange request at this juncture.”
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote a letter to McConnell urging him to have crucial members of Trump’s administration—such as White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John R. Bolton—brought before the Senate.
After hearing McConnell’s remarks on the matter, Schumer questioned the motives of the Majority Leader’s decision:
“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. Who is for a fair and open trial? Who is hiding facts, relevant facts, immediate facts?”
McConnell’s refusal to allow the witnesses to testify contradicts his words back in 1999 when he said it wasn’t “unusual to have witnesses in an impeachment trial.”
"It's not unusual to have a witness in a trial. It's certainly not unusual to have witnesses in an impeachment trial"
—Senator McConnell in 1999
Why shouldn’t we follow the McConnell Rule now? What are they hiding? pic.twitter.com/mb3sGn2r8K
— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) December 17, 2019
One can only wonder what has changed his stance…