McConnell Hints He Will Let Republicans Write Senate Impeachment Rules Without Dem Votes
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will try to stop impeachment if it reaches the Senate without consulting any Democrats. According to a new report by Vanity fair, McConnell hinted at the idea of letting only Republicans set the rule for impeachment in the Senate.
The Kentucky Republican said this week that he hopes to reach an agreement on rules for the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, but he’s also readying a “backup plan” in case he can’t reach an agreement with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, according to Vanity Fair.
“The first thing Sen. Schumer and I will do is see if there’s a possibility of agreement on a procedure,” McConnell said. “That failing, I would probably come back to my own members and say, ‘Okay, can 51 of us agree how we’re going to handle this?’”
Schumer says he’s willing to compromise with Republicans, and he hopes McConnell won’t take the partisan route.
“The best way to do something that’s important and almost as hallowed a procedure as this, is in a bipartisan way,” Schumer said, “so I hope that Leader McConnell will make every effort to come up with a bipartisan solution working with me. I’m certainly willing to work with him.”