McConnell: ‘Never Going to Allow Speaker of the House to Dictate Senate Proceedings’

Craig Bannister | January 13, 2020 | 5:08pm EST
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Sen. Mitch McConnell (Getty Images/Brandan Smialowski)

“House Democrats have already done enough damage,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday, declaring that he will never allow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to “dictate Senate proceedings” – especially, in the upcoming impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

“They’ve spent almost a month conceding that their own case does not stand on its own and searching for ways to supplement it from the outside,” Sen. McConnell said in a Senate speech addressing Pelosi’s announcement that she will finally send the House-passed articles of impeachment over to the Senate for trial, having failed to force McConnell to hold the trial on her terms.

The Senate’s job is to try the House Democrats’ weak case - not to redo or supplement it, as Pelosi had demanded, McConnell said:

“This is exactly the kind of toxic new precedent that many of us warned about in December. That Speaker Pelosi’s House was not sending the Senate a thorough investigation; they were just tossing up a ‘jump ball’ and hoping that political winds might blow things their way. And, here we are.

 “Well, the Senate was never going to pre-commit ourselves to redoing the prosecutors’ homework for them. And we were never going to allow the Speaker of the House to dictate Senate proceedings to senators.

“House Democrats have already done enough damage to precedent, to national unity, and to our institutions of government. The Senate will not be sucked into this precedent-breaking path.

“We will fulfill our constitutional duty. We will honor the reason for which the founders created this body: To ensure our institutions and our Republic can rise above short-term factional fever.

“The House has done enough damage. The Senate is ready to fulfill our duty.”


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