As I wrote Monday, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave a mic-drop type of speech on the Senate floor yesterday and absolutely torched House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA), and other Democratic leaders in the House for trying to dictate to him how the Senate’s impeachment trial should be run.
Among other things, McConnell pointed out that the House Democrats’ strategy was more than a bit hypocritical, considering how they conveniently pushed forth in their impeachment inquiry without any real due process/discovery procedures in place for Trump, his legal team, and House Republicans.
McConnell pretty much said it all in his floor remarks Monday, but he made it clear earlier today that he was not done with them.
In his Tuesday comments – which were also given on the Senate floor – McConnell pointed out that the case presented by Pelosi, Schiff, and House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) must be weak if they’re demanding the right to call new witnesses and have the Senate “go fishing” for new evidence:
“House Democrats’ case cannot simultaneously be so robust that it was enough to impeach in the first place, but also so weak that the Senate needs to go fishing. If the existing case is strong, there’s no need for the judge and the jury to re-open the investigation. If the existing case is weak, House Democrats should not have impeached in the first place.”
As to accusations from Pelosi and others that Republicans are engaging in some type of “cover-up”, McConnell turned the tables:
“We heard over and over that the House case, on its own, was totally damning and convincing. That’s what they were saying a few days ago. Clearly a majority of the House felt it was sufficient to impeach. And a number of Senate Democrats were happy to pre-judge the case publicly and suggest the House had proven enough for removal.
But now, Madame President, all of a sudden, the story has reversed. Now, we hardly know anything. Now, the investigation is just beginning. Now, what the House has produced is so weak that they’re calling their own investigation a ‘cover-up’.
Who would be the author of this cover-up? Chairman Schiff?”
Watch the full video of McConnell unloading on Pelosi and Schiff below:
(Hat tip: CNS News)