Since Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would proceed with impeachment inquiries, I have seen any number of articles about whether the Senate was required to proceed with a trial if the House approved impeachment.
Some have said that the Senate IS NOT required to proceed and I highly expected that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would just ignore the whole thing…he’d Garland it. And then I saw other articles saying that the Senate was required to proceed if the House impeached the president.
I expected the process to end up in the courts ad infinitum.
Mitch McConnell made it clear Monday that if the House impeaches President Donald Trump, a trial in the Senate is unavoidable.
“I would have no choice but to take it up,” McConnell said during a CNBC interview. “How long you’re on it is a whole different matter, but I would have no choice but to take it up, based on a Senate rule on impeachment.”
So the senator either thinks he has the votes in the Senate to vote down an impeachment move…or he is seeing his way out of having to support an abhorrent individual in the White House for the next four years.