McConnell Says He’d ‘Be Totally Surprised’ If Trump Is Convicted in Senate

Henrietta Brewer
December 13, 2019

The Committee is expected to approve two articles of impeachment later in the day, which will allow a vote by the Democratic-controlled House next week that is expected to make Trump the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

The House Judiciary Committee was meeting to consider the two articles, which accuse Trump of abusing his power by trying to force Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and of obstructing Congress when lawmakers tried to look into the matter.

The articles of impeachment unveiled on Tuesday do not draw on other, more contentious aspects of Trump's tenure, such as his efforts to impede former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

In his opening statement, Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said that three questions frame the debate over impeaching the president. Republicans during the hearing criticized the process of the impeachment inquiry, with Rep.

A conviction in the Senate where Republicans hold a 53-47 majority over Democrats, would require 67 of 100 senators to vote to remove the president, an unlikely outcome.

But the Senate, controlled by Mr Trump's fellow Republicans, is not expected to remove him from office.

"Rules have just been thrown out the window in this process", said Republican US Representative Debbie Lesko. "This committee is amazingly now on such a clock and calendar process that they don't care - facts be damned".

The Marquette University Law School poll also showed former Vice President Joe Biden was the only Democratic candidate with an advantage in the state in a predictive match-up with Trump in the 2020 presidential election, though just barely.

Former Vice President Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to run against Mr Trump next year.

"This notion of abuse of power is the lowest of low-energy impeachment theories", said Republican Representative Matt Gaetz.

As a result, Democrats allege Trump - through "corrupt motives" - injured USA national security to "obtain an improper personal political benefit". "Regrettably, President Trump has engaged in the abuse of power".

Biden edged Trump by 1 point, 47 to 46, in a general election match-up.

A Trump impeachment would guarantee the president's re-election, according to political expert Jeanne Zaino.

"No crime!" Mr Trump wrote on Twitter early Thursday.

Graham then insisted that he has no desire to call Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Bidens to testify.

McConnell also voiced his displeasure with the House's push to impeach Trump.

The first term congresswoman from Georgia's 6th Congressional District said that after participating in the hearings she has concluded that Trump's actions were in violation of the constitution.

Mr Trump appeared to be watching some of the proceedings, tweeting rebuttals to Democratic arguments as they were made. He said that the articles of impeachment don't allege that any crimes like bribery, treason or extortion were committed by the president.

A Senate trial is expected next month on the charges. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is the top Republican on the committee and Reps. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO).

If the House approves the charges, a trial would be the Senate's "first order of business in January", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

Democrats sought to simplify the public case against Trump by not including other contentious aspects of Mr Trump's tenure, such as his efforts to impede former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

The House Judiciary Committee is marking up the articles Wednesday and Thursday.

House Republican leaders are lobbying their members on the House floor to oppose impeachment, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said in an email to House Republicans, as Republicans work to keep the number of GOP defections on impeachment at zero. "I do not ask anybody what their vote is", she said.

Democrats spent much of the evening denouncing Trump's conduct and shaming Republicans for defending him, while Republicans railed against what they see as a partisan and unjust inquiry.

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