McConnell Shreds Pelosi: 'Inconceivable' 67 Senators Would Vote to Remove Trump
Senate majority leader put Democrats on notice over 'fantasy' impeachment push
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has shredded Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her Democrats' ongoing "fantasy" anti-Trump impeachment campaign.
Sen. McConnell (R-KY) pulled the rug from under Pelosi's impeachment ambitions, declaring it "inconceivable" that the Senate would vote to remove President Donald Trump from office.
“I will repeat what I’ve said in the past,” McConnell told reporters amid the second week of the public impeachment inquiry.
“It’s inconceivable to me that it would be 67 votes to remove the president from office."
“A number of Democratic senators are running for president,” he continued.
"I’m sure they are going to be excited to be here in their chairs, not being able to say anything during the pendency of this trial."
“So, hopefully, we’ll work our way through it and finish it in not too lengthy a process,” McConnell continued.
“It’s way too early to scope out or announce how we might handle impeachment when it gets to the Senate,” McConnell said.
“We’re all having ‘what if’ discussions, but I think just laying out various hypotheticals now is not helpful.”
“The House is going to do what the House is going to do,” he continued.
“And when they get through, as you know, it comes over here, displaces all the business, and we’ll be on it until the senators decide it’s time to reach a conclusion.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell: "It's inconceivable to me that it would be 67 votes to remove the president from office." pic.twitter.com/KeSKGWzhW7— The Hill (@thehill) November 19, 2019
McConnell also made similar comments last week.
“I can’t imagine a scenario under which President Trump would be removed from office with 67 votes in the Senate,” McConnell told USA Today.
“Nothing is happening because House Democrats seized with Trump derangement syndrome are consumed with this argument with the president,” he said.
“I will say I’m pretty sure how it’s likely to end," the Kentucky senator added.
"If it were today, I don’t think there’s any question it would not lead to a removal.”
Meanwhile, House Democrats refuse to commit to a formal timeline of their investigation into President Trump’s alleged dealings with Ukraine.
“I haven’t had a lot of time to pay attention to the president’s tweets and the legal implications of them,” Pelosi told CBS News.
"I just think that was totally wrong and inappropriate and typical of the president."
When asked if the process could drag-on into 2020, Pelosi said: “I have no idea.”