According to a new report from Bloomberg, while Democrats are focusing on the historic precedent of impeachment, Senate Majority Leader already has a plan to make sure any chance of actually removing President Trump quickly dies in the Senate.
Appearing on Fox News with Sean Hannity, McConnell recently promised there would be “no chance” President Trump would be removed from office.
Prediction markets and analysts also give the probability of Trump being convicted and removed extremely low odds.
Bloomberg reports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is setting a course to quash Democrats’ attempts to extend the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump by calling new witnesses, as he pushes toward a goal of ending it swiftly in acquittal.
McConnell on Tuesday made clear he’s not interested in giving in to any demands from Democrats. He said that the partisan House impeachment would result in “an almost entirely partisan outcome in the Senate as well.”
“I’m not an impartial juror,” McConnell said. “This is a political process.”
McConnell’s strategy relies on keeping Democratic requests on procedures, documents and witnesses bottled up and maintaining pressure on any wavering Republicans who might agree with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s push for more evidence.
Democrats would need only four GOP votes to force the issue, but McConnell and Trump are fighting hard to keep the Republican wall of opposition to impeachment solid. Senate Republican leaders huddled earlier today with a few GOP senators who could vote their own way on things. They included Senators Mitt Romney of Utah, a frequent Trump critic, and Cory Gardner of Colorado, who is the most vulnerable Republican on the ballot in 2020.
Trump had expressed interest in a full-blown trial with witnesses that would allow his lawyer to air the president’s counter-arguments and complaints about the impeachment. But McConnell and other GOP senators have been nudging him toward rapidly wrapping up the trial after arguments by House impeachment managers and the president’s counsel. Trump on Tuesday said he’d leave the question of witnesses up to McConnell.
“Yeah, he can decide,” the president told reporters at the White House.