Report: McConnell Set To Move Forward On Impeachment Rules Without Democrats

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is prepared to ignore Democrats' demands and adopt trial rules without them.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is positioned to move forward on determining the rules for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial without considering input from Senate Democrats, according to Politico.

The Kentucky Republican, who has openly stated he will coordinate the proceedings with the White House, “is on the verge of having sufficient backing in his 53-member caucus to pass a blueprint for the trial that leaves the question of seeking witnesses and documents until after opening arguments are made,” Politico reported, citing multiple senators.

Republicans have argued for adopting the same framework used in President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial, which would ignore Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request for witnesses and new evidence.

There is no final decision on the matter yet, the publication reported, but “McConnell said he would address the possibility of spurning Democrats on Tuesday afternoon.”

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