US Senate majority leader turns down Dem. request for impeachment trial

WASHINGTON, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer was making “a strange request” for impeachment trial proceedings expected for President Donald Trump in January.

“The Senate Democratic leader would apparently like our chamber to do House Democrats’ homework for them. He wants to volunteer the Senate’s time and energy on a fishing expedition,” McConnell told the Senators.

“The preferable path would have been an in-person conversation, which none the less, I still hope to pursue,” he stated.

Schumer proposed, in a letter to McConnell on Sunday, that at least four witnesses would be subpoenaed to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton.

He said, “Senate Democrats believe strongly, and I trust Senate Republicans agree, that this trial must be one that is fair, that considers all of the relevant facts, and that exercises the Senate’s ‘sole Power of Impeachment’ under the Constitution with integrity and dignity.” On his part, President Trump said in a tweet today, “Impeachment Poll numbers are starting to drop like a rock now that people are understanding better what this whole Democrat Scam is all about!”

Source: Kuwait News Agency