McConnell Says Dem Impeachment Resolution Doesn’t Give POTUS Due Process

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) shredded House Democrats’ new resolution outlining the process for an official impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

On Tuesday, Democrats released an eight-page document outlining the rules that would govern an official impeachment inquiry following Republican complaints about their closed-door hearings in the House.

Speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday, McConnell blasted the impeachment inquiry and said that the new resolution does nothing to alleviate Republicans’ concerns that Trump would not receive due process in the impeachment process:

“They have denied President Trump basic due process rights and are cutting his counsel out of the process in an unprecedented way. House Democrats’ new resolution does not change any of that.”

Watch his comments below:

The resolution, which lawmakers could vote on as early as Thursday, establishes rules for open hearings conducted by the House Intelligence Committee. Republicans will be allowed to request witnesses and documents, but Democrats will have the ability to block their requests.

The resolution also outlines rules for open hearings conducted by the House Judiciary Committee. Trump and his counsel would be allowed to attend those hearings and question witnesses as well as introduce evidence.

However, McConnell said the new resolution “falls way short,” and claimed it will not change the way Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) will conduct his investigation.

“It does not confer on President Trump the most basic rights of due process or seemingly alter Chairman Schiff’s unfair process in the House Intelligence Committee in any way whatsoever.”

McConnell charged that the resolution “merely seems to contemplate” due process:

“The resolution merely seems to contemplate that maybe, maybe someday in the future, at some other phase of this, due process might, might finally kick in. But only if the House Judiciary Committee feels like holding hearings and calling its own witnesses. In other words: no due process now, maybe some later, but only if we feel like it.”

Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced legislation condemning the House impeachment inquiry.

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Raj Kota
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Raj Kota

It’s a shame that such a seasoned politician like MM is an idol worshiper and does not mind if other undermine the Supreme Law of the Land. I guess the Oath of Office to the Senate is not loyalty to POTUS but the Constitution!

General Confusion
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“Trump nor Pence have done anything wrong” Confused James

You are about to find out how much others agree or disagree with you, really soon.

BTW, I an still waiting to hear what your Plan B is, if you have one yet.

General Confusion
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“BTW: Insofar as I know, there is NO “American Fascist Party”. I too would hope that IF there were such a Party in control of our government, that they’d be wiped off the map…” Confused James

You are confused again, Confused James. There is now and King Donald The Loser is its Dear Leader. It won’t last long after 2020.

General Confusion
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Almost NO member of King Donald The Loser’s political party is willing to PUBLICLY support what His Majesty has done. A few suck-asses, such as Lindsey Graham, still do, but the rest of them have the sense to keep their heads down.

They also have their fingers in the air testing the re-election winds, to figure out which way it is blowing. It doesn’t look good. Internally, the American Fascist Party is expecting to get DECIMATED next year. If 2018 was a guide, they are going to get wiped out. Finally.

What is your Plan B, guys?

General Confusion
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Vice President Pence isn’t clear of this Ukraine schmozzle yet, either, which means that he could get impeached, too.

There is a question about what he knew about King Donald The Loser’s crimes, and when he knew it.

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