Mitch McConnell: If The House Votes To Impeach Trump, The Senate “Has No Choice” But To Conduct His Trial

The Associated Press reports:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that if the House goes ahead and impeaches President Donald Trump, the Senate “has no choice” but to conduct a trial to determine whether the president is removed from office.

The Kentucky Republican told NPR on Friday that “if the House were to act, the Senate immediately goes into a trial.” McConnell had not previously indicated whether the Senate would act on any articles of impeachment, though the Constitution anticipates that it would.

It’s commonly assumed that the GOP-held chamber would acquit Trump just as Democrats held together in 1999 to deny the GOP House from winning a conviction of President Bill Clinton. McConnell is among the few senators remaining in the chamber who participated in the 1999 Clinton impeachment trial.

Ever since Pelosi announced the inquiry, prominent Trump allies and right wing outlets have pointed to this Lawfare article from earlier this year, which suggests ways that McConnell could thwart any trial.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The AP has changed its lede to the above-linked story. It now reads as below.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said months ago that if the House goes ahead and impeaches President Donald Trump, the Senate “has no choice” but to conduct a trial to determine whether the president is removed from office.

The Kentucky Republican told NPR that “if the House were to act, the Senate immediately goes into a trial.” McConnell made the comments long before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House would begin an impeachment inquiry into the president.