On Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared on Fox News where he revealed what his strategy will be when the impeachment trial reaches the Senate: by coordinating with the White House. And now at least one House Democrat has said that the Kentucky lawmaker needs to recuse himself as he’s now violated his oath as a juror.
McConnell told Sean Hannity, “I’m going to coordinate with the president’s lawyers so there won’t be any difference between us on how to do this.”
“The president’s counsel may or may not decide if they want to have witnesses. The case is so darn weak coming over from the House, we all know how it’s going to end. There’s no chance the president’s going to be removed from office.”
Watch McConnell’s interview below:
Mitch McConnell says he going to coordinate lawyers again on what evidence to introduce and whether or not witnesses are called pic.twitter.com/AQ9Up2iLzS— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) December 13, 2019
Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings (Fl.) wasn’t happy with McConnell’s admission of his strategy.
In a statement, she wrote, “The Constitution requires that after articles of impeachment pass the House of Representatives, the president must be given a fair trial in the Senate.” She continued:
“Senator McConnell has promised to sabotage that trial and he must recuse himself. No court in the country would allow a member of the jury to also serve as the accused’s defense attorney.”
Demings added, “The moment Senator McConnell takes the oath of impartiality required by the Constitution, he will be in violation of that oath. He has effectively promised to let President Trump manage his own impeachment trial. The Senator must withdraw.”
Senate Republicans have started suggesting that they don’t want to call any witnesses in the Senate trial of the president. Such a process would shorten the trial and also keep Democrats from calling their own witnesses that might provide further testimony against the president similar to the string of testimonies in the lower chamber.