Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Monday, Jan. 13, that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had already done enough damage and that he would never allow her to “dictate Senate proceedings”—especially, in the upcoming impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
The statement followed Pelosi’s announcement that she will finally send the House-passed articles of impeachment over to the Senate for trial.
“They’ve spent almost a month conceding that their own case does not stand on its own and searching for ways to supplement it from the outside,” McConnell said in a Senate speech.
McConnell stated that the Senate was never going to redo or supplement House Democrat’s weak case, as Pelosi had demanded.
“That Speaker Pelosi’s House was not sending the Senate a thorough investigation; they were just tossing up a ‘jump ball’ and hoping that political winds might blow things their way. And, here we are,” he said. “And we were never going to allow the Speaker of the House to dictate Senate proceedings to senators.”
“House Democrats have already done enough damage to precedent, to national unity, and to our institutions of government. The Senate will not be sucked into this precedent-breaking path.
“We will fulfill our constitutional duty. We will honor the reason for which the founders created this body: To ensure our institutions and our Republic can rise above short-term factional fever.
“The House has done enough damage. The Senate is ready to fulfill our duty,” McConnell concluded.