McConnell: Senate could pass partisan rules package for impeachment trial
Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that if he’s unable to reach a deal with Democrats to set the rules for a Senate impeachment trial then he will try to to do so solely with GOP votes.
A Senate trial is expected to last as long as five or six weeks, depending on how much time the resolution allows House impeachment managers to make their case and the president's defense team to offer a rebuttal.
McConnell said he’ll try to negotiate a deal with Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) but that if it fails he’ll try to muster 51 votes in the Senate Republican Conference to set the rules of the trial.
Sen. Mitch McConnell on impeachment: "We're going to have to decide once we get this matter from the House, if we do, how we're going to handle it and the three ways it could be handled." pic.twitter.com/RHk2tpqprn— The Hill (@thehill) December 3, 2019