Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Thursday, Dec. 12, advocated a short impeachment trial without calling for witnesses.
“The senate has two choices. It could go down the path of calling witnesses and basically having another trial,” said McConnell during an appearance on CNN.
“Or it could decide and again 51 members could make that decision, that they heard enough,” stated McConnell.
President Trump also conceded to the second option, despite pushing for live witnesses initially, according to undisclosed sources.
McConnell will move not just to dismiss the case against President Trump with a motion, according to Breitbart News said two senators who had spoken to CNN on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
It is expected that McConnell will move with a motion to acquit President Trump—to clear him of all charges—if the House impeaches him.
This is significant since Republicans wanted to vote on acquittal—to clear President Trump of the charges the House Democrats brought against him. The GOP does not simply want a 51-vote threshold procedural motion to dismiss the disputed case.
The Constitution decrees that 67 votes are mandatory to convict the President and remove him from office. This is an impediment broadly cogitated as too excessive to be reached in this case.
McConnell, however, cannot depend on a vote from Vice President Mike Pence, who has “no role in impeachment,” due to obvious conflict of interest since Pence would replace President Trump if the latter were removed.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts would supervise the trial and any tie motions would not prevail.
McConnell would only call a vote on a motion to proceed to the impeachment article if he knew he had the 51 votes required to terminate the trial, according to the senator, who chose to remain anonymous.
It “would make more sense” to vote on the impeachment articles with their 67-vote requirement than on a motion to dismiss, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) contended.
However, it is expected that McConnell sought a short impeachment trial without calling for witnesses, with a motion to acquit President Trump—to clear him of all charges—if the House impeaches him.
Author: Margaret Trey