The content below is from an email sent to Grassfire staff from the Office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on January 6, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. ET:
McConnell: House Democrats Continue to Play Political Games With Their Partisan Impeachment
‘My Democratic colleagues should not plow away American unity in some bizarre intramural competition to see who dislikes our president more. They should not disdain our Constitution by rushing through a purely partisan impeachment process and then toying around with it. Governing is serious business. The American people deserve better than this.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding impeachment:
‘Now meanwhile, at this dangerous time, House Democrats continue to play political games with their partisan impeachment of the commander-in-chief.
‘Last year, House Democrats conducted the least thorough, most rushed, most unfair impeachment inquiry in history.
‘For weeks, Democrats said they could not wait for due process, could not conduct a normal or fair inquiry, because removing the president from office was so incredibly urgent.
‘Well, the unseriousness was obvious then and it’s even more obvious now.
‘Because Speaker Pelosi is now sitting on the articles she claimed were so urgent. She’s delayed this indefinitely, so that the architects of the failed House process can look for ways to reach into the Senate and dictate our process as well.
‘Democrats have tried to insist that the Senate deviate from the unanimous bipartisan precedent set in the 1999 trial of President Clinton and write new rules for President Trump instead. They’ve tried to pre-commit the Senate to re-doing House Democrats’ slapdash work for them and pursuing avenues that Chairman Schiff himself did not bother to pursue.
‘The Senate has a unanimous bipartisan precedent for when to handle mid-trial questions such as witnesses: In the middle of the trial.
‘In 1999, every single U.S. Senator agreed to establish basic parameters for the start of the trial upfront, and reserve mid-trial questions such as witnesses until later.
‘The Senate said, 100 to nothing, that was good enough for President Clinton. So it ought to be good enough for President Trump. Fair is fair.
‘House Democrats’ hunger to break our Senate precedents, just like they broke their own House precedents, could not be more telling. But the Senate does not just bob along on the currents of every news cycle.
‘The House may have been content to scrap their own norms to hurt President Trump, but that is not the Senate.
‘Even with a process this constitutionally serious, even with tensions rising in the Middle East, House Democrats are treating impeachment like a political toy. Treating their own effort to remove our commander-in-chief like some frivolous game.
‘These bizarre stunts do not serve our Constitution or our national security. They erode both.
‘My Democratic colleagues should not plow away American unity in some bizarre intramural competition to see who dislikes our president more.
‘They should not disdain our Constitution by rushing through a purely partisan impeachment process and then toying around with it.
‘Governing is serious business. The American people deserve better than this.’