Kentucky Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled on Thursday he is ready to quit driving Miss Nancy.
He announced his shocking decision to back a resolution that would allow the Senate to dismiss two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump if the House of Representatives refuses to transmit them by this week.
Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley introduced a resolution on Monday that would change the Senate rules, empowering the chamber to dismiss them if the House fails to deliver them within 25 days of its impeachment vote.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California has been withholding the articles until Republicans in the Senate agree to conduct the trial according to her rules.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has been pushing for more Ukraine-related documents and testimony from key Trump administration officials.
McConnell has rallied the support of moderates in his party for a Senate trial that follows precedent set during the 1999 impeachment trial of former president Bill Clinton. A second resolution, passed midway through the former president’s trial, subpoenaed three witnesses to testify in closed-door depositions. Having lost their bid to rig the first phase of the trial, Senate Democrats are getting ready for ‘Round Two.’
“Those votes at the beginning of the trial will not be the last votes on witnesses and documents. Make no mistake: We will continue to revisit the issue, because it’s so important to our constitutional prerogative to hold a fair impeachment trial,” Schumer said Thursday on the House floor.
McConnell is one of the most sober and deliberate members of Congress with an affinity for rules and precedents, but the political gymnastics of the House Speaker throughout the impeachment process are driving him over the edge.
McConnell’s backing of Hawley’s resolution is a shocking twist in the ongoing melodrama between McConnell and Democrats that should put the Resistance on notice. They are no doubt dreading such action by the Senate Majority leader to finally put an end to this saga. Their dirty political maneuvering for the last three months, both during and after impeachment, has been met mostly with maddening accommodation by Congressional Republicans.
Could McConnell really be serious about such an unprecedented step? In the words of so-called Republican commentator Ana Navarro, who went on an unhinged riff on election night against her arch enemy Trump, “it would be sweet, sweet justice.”
If after everything Pelosi has done to circumvent the Constitution to bring down the president, after she orchestrated Trump’s impeachment without a crime, denied him due process, refused to identify his accuser — an anonymous whistleblower, denied him the right to confront his accuser and denied him the right to a speedy trial, it would be sweet, sweet justice if the Senate dismissed her trashy articles of impeachment for lack of prosecution.