Mitch McConnell Criticizes ‘The Most Rushed, Least Thorough, And Most Unfair Impeachment Inquiry In Modern Inquiry’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a speech Thursday morning on the floor of the Senate critical of House Democrats and their vote to impeach President Trump.

McConnell spoke at length about the entirely partisan vote, describing it as “the most rushed, least thorough, and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history.”

He said their actions have resulted in the “first purely partisan impeachment since the wake of the Civil War.” The Kentucky Republican also noted there was bipartisan opposition to impeachment.

“The House’s conduct risks deeply damaging the institutions of American government,” he said per CNN.

“This particular House of Representatives has let its partisan rage at this particular President create a toxic new precedent that will echo well into the future,” he added.

McConnell noted the impeachment process started long before the Ukrainian call on July 25—the call Democrats used as a basis to impeach the president for abusing his office and for obstructing Congress.

“By the speaker’s own standards, the standards she set, she’s failed the country. The case is not compelling, not overwhelming, and as a result, not bipartisan,” he said.

The majority leader said Democrats now motioning to prevent the Senate body from taking up the issue of impeachment and continuing the work the House started—the next, constituitonally-appropriate step in the process: “Looks like the prosecutors are getting cold feet—in front of the entire country.”

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And, from CNN:

He accused Democrats of backpedaling, referring to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request to him for witness testimony and new documents in the Senate trial, saying that his Democratic counterpart “began searching for ways the Senate could step out of our proper role and try to fix House Democrats’ failures for them.”

McConnell also took aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s noncommitment to sending the articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate, saying that “Pelosi suggested that House Democrats may be too afraid to even transmit their shoddy work product to the Senate.”

The Constitution’s framers “built the Senate to provide stability … to keep partisan passions from boiling over,” McConnell said, adding, “Moments like this are why the United States Senate exists.”

McConnell also compared the impeachment process to those of former Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton: “More than a year of hearings for Nixon, multiple years of investigation for Clinton—and they’ve impeached Pres. Trump in 12 weeks. 12 weeks.”

ABC News reports:

Last week on Fox News, McConnell told host Sean Hannity that he was coordinating with White House counsel during impeachment.

“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with the White House counsel. 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,” he said on the show.

And:

McConnell said in his opening remarks on the Senate floor on Wednesday that he hopes he and Schumer will be able to sit down to iron out their differences, noting that during President Clinton’s impeachment, all 100 senators unanimously agreed on the Senate trial rules

“If 100 senators thought this approach is good enough for President Clinton, it ought to be good enough for President Trump,” he said.

Here’s how some others responded to the impeachment vote: