House Dem Calls On McConnell To Recuse Himself From Senate Impeachment Trials
There has been speculation that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has already made up his mind about impeachment and will do whatever is in his power to make sure the Senate votes against removing Donald Trump from the White House.
That’s why on Friday, Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) called for McConnell to recuse himself from the Senate impeachment trial.
Demings noted that McConnell made some controversial statements while appearing on Fox News on Thursday night.
McConnell said during an interview on Fox News that “everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with the White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this to the extent that we can.”
Demings accused the GOP leader of promising to “sabotage” the trial.
“No court in the country would allow a member of the jury to also serve as the accused’s defense attorney. The moment Senator McConnell takes the oath of impartiality required by the Constitution, he will be in violation of that oath,” she said in a statement.
Demings, who sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary panels that have led the impeachment inquiry, pointed to Article 1, Section 3 of the Constitution. The section states: “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation.”
The “Oath” is defined by Senate rules and would read: “I solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of [President Trump], now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.”