Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has firmly rejected Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s offer on impeachment trial rules.
“The Senate Democratic leader would apparently like our chamber to do House Democrats’ homework for them.” McConnell said on the Senate floor “He wants to volunteer the Senate’s time and energy on a fishing expedition.”
McConnell, speaking from the Senate floor, described the proposal from the Democratic leader as “dead wrong” and warned that it “could set a nightmarish precedent for our institution.”
“The Senate Democratic leader would apparently like our chamber to do House Democrats’ homework for them. He wants to volunteer the Senate’s time and energy on a fishing expedition,” McConnell said.
He added that Schumer’s proposal could “only incentivize an endless stream of dubious partisan impeachments in the future, and we will invite future houses to paralyze future Senates with frivolous impeachments at will.”
McConnell’s comments are the first time he’s responded to Schumer’s offer, sent on Sunday night, which outlined Democrats’ opening proposal on how to handle the Senate’s looming impeachment trial.
Schumer has defended his decision to send the letter and discuss it publicly, noting that he had tried to get McConnell to sit down to talk about impeachment trial rules two weeks ago. But McConnell on Tuesday knocked Schumer, arguing he “decided to short-circuit the customary and collegial process” of trying to establish impeachment rules.
“The preferable path would have been an in-person conversation, which nonetheless, I still hope to pursue,” McConnell added.