Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) ripped into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for saying he would coordinate with the White House during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
In an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday, Schumer said McConnell is “totally out of line” for those comments.
“For him to talk to the president is one thing. For him to say, ‘I’m going to do just what the president wants’ is totally out of line.”
Watch his comments below:
On Sunday, Schumer sent a letter to McConnell pressing him to call four White House aides to testify in the Senate trial to ensure that the chamber “hears all the evidence and adjudicates the case fairly.”
Schumer’s letter comes after McConnell told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that there is “no chance” that Trump will be removed from office, and added that he will be coordinating with the White House throughout the trial.
McConnell also indicated that he will defer to White House counsel on whether or not to call witnesses in the trial.
Speaking to CNN, Schumer said that he sent that letter to McConnell because he felt the Senate Majority Leader was “going off in his own direction.”
“I wrote this letter because Mitch McConnell seemed to be going off in his own direction. And there was no semblance of even discussing a fair, balanced trial where the facts come out”
He added that he expects McConnell to conduct a fair trial:
“What I want above all is a fair trial. I hope Mitch McConnell, I expect Mitch McConnell will help us create that. If he doesn’t, we’ll have to see where to go from there.”
Schumer said he wants the trial to be “fair and speedy” but added that he wants to make sure all the facts are reviewed.