Monday, 30 December 2019

Dems Attack McConnell 'Coordination' With WH on Impeachment, But They Did Exactly That in 1999 Clinton Impeachment

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made no secret of his disdain for House Democrats’ rushed, partisan impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Such transparency is only good for getting a target painted on one’s back in Washington, however.
And according to Fox News, McConnell’s statements already have the Democratic establishment crying foul on the Kentucky Republican’s handling of the inevitable Senate impeachment trial.
Having long suggested a Republican-controlled Senate’s mere fingerprints on the trial amount to a miscarriage of national justice, Democrats are pointing to claims made in a Dec. 12 interview McConnell gave to Fox News host Sean Hannity as justification for their hesitance to deliver two recently passed articles of impeachment to the body in the first place.
“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House counsel,” McConnell said earlier this month, explaining the trial process. “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.”
“We’ll be working through this process, hopefully in a fairly short period of time, in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office,” he added.
The claim, though relatively innocuous given the hyper-partisan nature of recent congressional debate, has apparently resonated around Washington.
It “disturbed” RINO Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — who found Senate Democrats’ behavior during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh palatable enough to abstain from voting in favor of the judge’s elevation to the High Court.
It was downright “out of line,” Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told CNN.
“Saying you’re going to do just what the president wants is totally out of line and Mitch McConnell has received a lot of justified criticism for that,” Schumer argued.
But not only does that claim misrepresent McConnell as a political pawn for this president, but it also reveals just how short congressional Democrats’ memories are.
And for reference, it appears they happen to be shorter than my lifespan — because, once again, Democrats were doing this exact thing just two decades ago.

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