One day, when Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats finally hand over the articles of impeachment over to the Senate, there is going to be quite a show indeed.
The battle between Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will soon be duking it out, most likely after the holidays. Both Pelosi and McConnell are standing firm in their positions; Pelosi knows her case is weak so she's stalling and hoping to either blame the Senate Republicans for not being willing to give a fair trail or maybe to try and see if she can get something out of Don McGahn to add to the articles of impeachment.
This entire time though McConnell has said that he is in favor of a quick trial with and may not even call witnesses.
But Pelosi is wanting McConnel to give them the ability to call witnesses White House advisers to appear on the witness stand.
As tensions rise, it looks like McConnell may be budging.
The House voted Wednesday to impeach Trump, who became only the third president in U.S. history to be formally charged with “high crimes and misdemeanors.” But the Senate trial may be held up until lawmakers can agree on how to proceed. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is demanding witnesses who refused to appear during House committee hearings, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and former national security adviser John Bolton.
McConnell, who has all-but-promised a swift acquittal of the president, has resisted making any guarantees, and has cautioned Trump against seeking the testimony of witnesses he desires for fear of elongating the trial. Instead, he appears to have secured Republican support for his plans to impose a framework drawn from the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.
“We haven’t ruled out witnesses,” McConnell said Monday in an interview with “Fox and Friends.” “We’ve said let’s handle this case just like we did with President Clinton. Fair is fair.”