Tag Archives: Mitch McConnell

LIVE VIDEO: Senate Debates McConnell’s Trial Rules

The New York Times reports: Senator Mitch McConnell has proposed rules for President Trump’s trial that will be debated when the proceedings open at 1 p.m. His plan makes meaningful changes from the precedent in President Bill Clinton’s trial, such as making the trial faster. The impeachment managers from the House, all Democrats, accused Mr. McConnell of doing the president’s …

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Senate Dems Win Two Trial Concessions From GOP

CNBC reports: Senate Democrats won two key changes to the rules of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as proceedings kicked off Tuesday afternoon. The changes will permit each sides’ opening arguments to span three days, instead of two, and will also admit materials into evidence from the House investigation into Trump last fall. The surprise last-minute changes were revealed Tuesday …

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Pelosi Slams McConnell’s “Dark Of Night” Trial Plan

Just in from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “Leader McConnell’s plan for a dark of night impeachment trial confirms what the American people have seen since Day One: the Senate GOP Leader has chosen a cover-up for the President, rather than honor his oath to the Constitution. Shamefully, this sham proposal does not even allow for admitting the House record into …

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Schumer Blasts McConnell’s Senate Trial “Cover Up”

The Hill reports: Senate Democrats slammed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday night over his proposed rules for President Trump’s impeachment trial, accusing the GOP leader of a “cover up.” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called McConnell’s proposal a “national disgrace,” and vowed to try to change it on the floor on Tuesday. The rules would condense the …

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McConnell Issues Resolution On Senate Trial Format

The Washington Post reports: In a four-page resolution, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the opening arguments would begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, with each side given 24 hours to present their case over a two-day period. The Senate will vote on the resolution Tuesday. The question of witnesses would be decided after senators have 16 hours to …

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Collins Passes McConnell As “Most Disliked” Senator

USA Today reports: Republican Sen. Susan Collins has surpassed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the most unpopular U.S. Senator, according to a new tracking poll. The Maine Senator’s net approval rating has dropped 10 points since the end of September, leaving her with a 52 percent disapproval rating, a quarterly Morning Consult tracking poll found. The poll comes as …

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Senate Trial Resolution Calls For Vote On Witnesses

The Hill reports: The organizing resolution for President Trump’s impeachment trial will require that senators debate and vote on a motion to subpoena additional witnesses but not on a motion to dismiss articles of impeachment, say GOP senators who have viewed the resolution. Language to require a debate and vote on witnesses after the House impeachment managers and Trump’s lawyers …

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McConnell: Trump’s Trial Likely To Start Next Tuesday

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial could begin as soon as next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. McConnell, R-Ky., announced the tentative schedule just a few hours after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed she will send the articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate on Wednesday. If that happens, McConnell said at a press …

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Watchdogs File Ethics Complaint Against McConnell

Common Dreams reports: The advocacy group Public Citizen on Monday filed a formal ethics complaint against Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, accusing the powerful Republican of betraying his oath of office by signaling overt bias in favor of President Donald Trump even before his looming impeachment trial begins. “The public declarations by Senator McConnell that his role in the impeachment process …

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McConnell Tells Senate To Expect Trial Start Next Week

Roll Call reports: Republican senators were told by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday to keep their schedules flexible for the end of next week when they might take up impeachment. Congress is scheduled to leave Washington for a weeklong break at the end of next week that includes the MLK Day holiday on Jan. 20. An attendee at …

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McConnell’s Challenger Reports $6M Q4 Fundraising

Newsweek reports: Democrat Amy McGrath, who is running to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, finished 2019 with a $6 million fundraising haul to add to her impressive war chest heading into 2020. The former Marine Corps veteran has raised nearly $17 million since launching her campaign in July and is entering this election year with $9.1 million …

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McConnell Backs Measure To Dismiss Impeachment If Pelosi Doesn’t Send Senate The Articles By This Sunday

The Hill reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is backing a resolution to change the Senate’s rules to allow for lawmakers to dismiss articles of impeachment against President Trump before the House sends them over. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced on Thursday that McConnell has signed on as a co-sponsor to the resolution, which he introduced earlier this week. …

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McConnell: “No Haggling” Over Senate Trial Procedure

The Associated Press reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that he will launch President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on his terms, without any agreement on whether to call witnesses, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends the abuse and obstruction articles to the Senate. “There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure,” said McConnell, R-Ky. “We …

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McConnell: I Have Votes For Trial Without Witnesses

The New York Times reports: Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, informed Republicans on Tuesday that he planned to move forward with President Trump’s impeachment trial without committing to additional witnesses or admitting new evidence, over the objections of Democrats who are insisting on both. Mr. McConnell shared his intentions with senators over lunch in the Capitol, declaring that he …

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McConnell Preps To Set Trial Rules Without Dem Input

Politico reports: Senate Republican leaders are preparing to move forward on a set of impeachment trial rules without Democratic support. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is on the verge of having sufficient backing in his 53-member caucus to pass a blueprint for the trial that leaves the question of seeking witnesses and documents until after opening arguments are made, according …

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Collins Takes Trial Impartiality Oath “Very Seriously”

NBC News reports: Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican who faces a tough re-election battle next year, said in a radio interview on Monday that it was “inappropriate” for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to say he was working in “total coordination” with the White House and she excoriated Democrats for prejudging the process. “It is inappropriate, in my judgment, for …

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Blumenthal: 5-10 GOP Senators Doubt McConnell

“I’ve talked to anywhere from five to 10 of my colleagues who have very severe misgivings about the direction that Mitch McConnell is going in denying a full, fair proceeding with witnesses and documents. My hope is that they will say publicly what Sen. Murkowski did, and really hold Mitch McConnell accountable.” – Sen. Richard Blumenthal, speaking to the Connecticut …

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Murkowski “Disturbed” By McConnell’s Trial Strategy

The Associated Press reports: Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, says she was “disturbed” to hear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say there would be “total coordination” between the White House and the Senate over the upcoming presidential impeachment trial. “And in fairness, when I heard that I was disturbed,” Murkowski said before describing that there should be distance between the White …

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McConnell: I Haven’t Ruled Out Trial Witnesses

Reuters reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday that Republicans were not opposed to hearing witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. “We haven’t ruled out witnesses,” McConnell said in an interview with “Fox & Friends.” “We’ve said, ‘Let’s handle this case just like we did with President Clinton.’ Fair is fair.” In that 1999 trial, …

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McConnell Mocks Pelosi: It Doesn’t Really Give Her Leverage Not To Send Us Something We Don’t Want

NBC News reports: McConnell criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for taking the “highly unusual step” of waiting to transmit the approved House articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate. McConnell said he didn’t understand the move by Pelosi and said, while cracking a smile, that he didn’t agree with the idea that delaying the transmission might give her …

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