President Trump may finally get a fair impeachment process as the Senate looks to take over the next step of the impeachment process. After the House of Representatives passes articles of impeachment—which is expected next week—the trial moves to the Republican-majority Senate. Once there, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that he will act “in total coordination with the White House.”
The comment was made during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity where the majority leader said he already knows the outcome of the impeachment process even before it occurs.
“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House counsel,” McConnell said during the interview, according to BizPac Review. “There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this — to the extent that we can.”
The Kentucky Senator has been forced to work with a Democratic-majority in the House since 2018 and mostly opposes or otherwise ignores bills and resolutions they pass and send to his chamber. The issue of impeachment is different and McConnell will take it up for full consideration, including committee hearings and the calling of witnesses.
“A typical issue, for example, comes over from the House,” he said. “If I don’t like it, we don’t take it up. We have no choice but to take it [impeachment] up. But we’ll be working through this process, hopefully in a short period of time, in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office and the people representing the president in the well of the Senate.”
The Democratic-led effort to impeach the president in the House has included calling forth a number of Democratic voters as actual witnesses. Some of these individuals have also donated large sums of money to Democratic candidates. Several of the witnesses openly said they voted against Trump in 2016 and some backed previous efforts to impeach Trump.
McConnell noted Democrats will no longer be able to stack the deck against the President.
“We know how it’s going to end,” McConnell said per the report, implying Democrats will be unable to convince enough Republican senators to defect and support impeachment. “There’s no chance the president is going to be removed from office.”
“It wouldn’t surprise me if we got one or two Democrats,” McConnell added. The Senate would need 67 votes in favor of impeachment in order for it to pass. There are 53 Republicans who will likely unite against the effort.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune similarly told NBC News that the outcome has already been decided.
“I think there’s going to be a desire to wrap this up in somewhat of a timely way, you know, given the fact that most people know what the outcome is in advance,” Thune said per the report.
Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee voted on Friday morning to confirm two articles of impeachment against Trump, sending the vote before the full House. Every Republican on the committee voted against the two articles which passed 23 to 17.