Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks back to his office after speaking on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
It’s an impressive record so far, and in an interview McConnell did on Fox and Friends this morning, he said important Senate business will continue to be conducted no matter how long House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) decided to hold on to the articles of impeachment.
The interview started off with host Brian Kilmeade noting Pelosi had yet to hand over the articles of impeachment. To that, McConnell responded by suggesting that Pelosi apparently wants the Senate to play by her rules, which he chuckled over.
“You know, I’m not anxious to have this trial so if she wants to hold on to the papers that’s – go right ahead,” he said with a smile to the Fox News co-hosts.
He noted several times that all he’s asked of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is that the Senate’s impeachment trial be held like the trial was for President Clinton during his impeachment. Those rules, McConnell pointed out, were voted on 100-0 at the time including by Sen. Schumer himself. McConnell made clear throughout the interview that Pelosi was not running the show in the Senate and would not be the one determining the rules.
When McConnell was asked about Republican Senators from purple states, he stated he had talked to some members who do see their role as a juror while others felt more free to openly express their opposition to what was going on. But at the end of the day, he noted, they were still able to continue to conduct business in the Senate even in the midst of the impeachment drama, touting his judicial confirmation record.
“We’ve [confirmed] 50 circuit court judges. Barack Obama did 55 in 8 years, we’ve done 50 in 3 years.” He went on to tell the hosts that the judges they have confirmed will “transform the courts.” 1 out of every 4 circuit court judges is a Trump appointee who believes in the Constitution and will follow the law, stated McConnell.
Of judicial appointments, McConnell said he and Trump think they are the “longest lasting contribution this administration and this Republican Senate will make to the country.”
Watch the full interview below:
One final note: McConnell still refuses to play the “I won’t be an impartial juror” game:
“Do you think Chuck Schumer is impartial? Do you think Elizabeth Warren is impartial? Bernie Sanders is impartial? So let’s quit the charade. This is a political exercise. … All I’m asking of Schumer is that we treat Trump the same way we treated [President] Clinton,” McConnell said.
And if not, he’ll just keep on keepin’ on … confirming Trump’s judicial nominees.