McConnell Shreds Schumer's Impeachment Demands, Won't Pursue ‘Fishing Expedition’
Senate Majority Leader pushes back against Democrats
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back against Democrats calls for an in-depth impeachment trial, vowing not to pursue a "fishing expedition" that would set a "nightmarish precedent."
McConnel said on the floor:
"The Senate is meant to act as judge and jury, to hear a trial, not to re-run the entire fact-finding investigation because angry partisans rushed sloppily through it."
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called for the chamber to subpoena new documents, calling previously blocked witnesses e during the impeachment inquiry on the House side.
McConnell said such a move was not part of the House role and not a mission for the Senate.
He also warned that entertaining Schumer’s proposal could invite a string of future “dubious” and “frivolous” impeachment inquiries.
McConnell emphasized that such a mission involving fact-finding should be been completed during the impeachment inquiry, which is led by Adam Schiff.
The Senate Majority Leader blasted the House for doing a rush job and said Schumer is now looking "to make Chairman Schiff's sloppy work more persuasive."
"Look, most people understand what the democratic leader is really after," McConnell said.
Schumer's letter called for subpoenas for witnesses who not previously appeared before the House.
The witnesses included former National Security Adviser John Bolton and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
Schumer took to the Senate floor with a sharp response.
"I listened to the leader's speech. I did not hear a single sentence, a single argument for why the witnesses I suggested should not give testimony," Schumer said.
Sen. Schumer (D-NY) suggested he believes former Vice President Joe Biden’s son would be a “distraction” during the process against President Trump.
Multiple Republicans have signaled their intent to call upon Hunter Biden to testify, including Rep. Matt Gaetz, according to News Thud.
“It’s a little hard to believe that Burisma hired Hunter Biden to resolve their international disputes when he could not resolve his own disputes with Hertz rental car over leaving cocaine and a crack pipe in the car,” Gaetz said during a House hearing last week.