“Well, under the Senate rules, we’re required to take it up if the House does go down that path, and we’ll follow the Senate rules. It’s a Senate rule related to impeachment that would take 67 votes to change, so I would have no choice but to take it up. How long you’re on it is a whole different matter, but I would have no choice but to take it up, based on a Senate rule on impeachment.” – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on CNBC just now.
That “how long you’re on it” bit sounds like a loophole.
McConnell previously said in March that the Senate would take up impeachment if articles passed the House, but this is the first time he has confirmed that point since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry over the Trump-Ukraine scandal. There was speculation that McConnell would refuse to put Trump on trial.
.@senatemajldr McConnell and his colleagues should foreclose NOW any impeachment trial of @RealDonaldTrump on the Ukraine canard. Any abusive coup/impeachment out of seditious House should be dead on arrival in Senate. #StoptheCoup https://t.co/S2UkRzGuYv
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) September 30, 2019
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) September 30, 2019