Mitch McConnell: Senate Will Acquit Trump, Ending Democrats' Impeachment Hopes
Senate majority leader deals blow to Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff's anti-Trump agenda
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dealt a devastating blow to the Democrats' push to impeach their president.
Sen. McConnell revealed this week that the Senate will acquit President Donald Trump if an impeachment trial is held.
An instant acquittal would be a crushing result for the Democrats, who are banking on impeaching President Trump in a bid to sabotage his chances of re-election in 2020.
According to McConnell, the only question for the GOP-held Senate is how long to let the trial run for before finding Trump not guilty.
“I will say I’m pretty sure how it’s likely to end,” McConnell told reporters.
“If it were today, I don’t think there’s any question — it would not lead to a removal," Sen. McConnell explained.
"So the question is how long does the Senate want to take?
"How long do the presidential candidates want to be here on the floor of the Senate instead of in Iowa and New Hampshire?”
The Kentucky Republican added he has yet to speak with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on how the Senate would handle an impeachment trial.
But he said the two would likely start by looking at the agreement struck between former Senate leaders Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Trent Lott (R-Miss.) during the Clinton impeachment trial.
At a campaign rally Monday night, appearing with President Trump, Republican Sen. Rand Paul called on Republicans to “defend the president” against impeachment and demanded that lawmakers and the media reveal the identity of the "whistleblower" who launched the probe.
“President Trump has great courage, he faces down the fake media every day,” Mr. Paul said next to the president at a rally in Lexington.
“Congress needs to step up and have equal courage to defend the president.”
“We also now know the name of the whistleblower, and the whistleblower needs to come before Congress as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs,” Mr. Paul added.
McConnell wouldn’t comment Tuesday on Trump and Sen. Paul’s calls to identify the whistleblower at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
“I’m not going to comment sort of on a routine daily basis on all that’s breaking surrounding this story over in the House,” the GOP leader said.
“At some point, it looks to me like they’re going to send it over to the Senate.
"As you all know that means we have to take it up.”
While some Republican senators have defended Trump, others have declined to comment on the latest developments in the House impeachment inquiry, citing their roles as potential jurors in an impeachment trial.