Mitch McConnell says he would have no choice but to have a Senate vote on impeachment if it passes Congress.

By |2019-09-30T08:10:06-08:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |27 Comments

I’m sorry that should say “once it passes Congress.”

Courtesy of NBC News

The Senate would have to take up impeachment of President Donald Trump if the House effectively votes to charge the president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday.

“I would have no choice but to take it up,” the Kentucky Republican told CNBC. “How long you are on it is a different matter, but I would have no choice but to take it up based on a Senate rule on impeachment.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced the start of an impeachment inquiry into Trump amid scrutiny over whether he tried to influence the 2020 election by urging Ukraine’s president to investigate the family of Joe Biden, the former vice president and one of his chief rivals for the presidency. The House Intelligence Committee’s investigation could lead to a full chamber vote to impeach the president.

If the House impeaches, the Republican-held Senate would then hold a trial on whether to convict Trump and remove him from office. Despite the current lack of support for the inquiry among Senate Republicans, McConnell said the chamber by rule would have no choice but to follow through with the process.

I think most of us are pretty confident at this time that impeachment will never get past the Senate.

But I would suggest that things may change as the investigation moves forward. 

We have already seen Trump firing off lunatic tweets in response to the initial inquiry, but as things heat up he will surely decompensate even further.

And if Congress gets their hands on the transcripts of those phone calls between Trump and Putin all bets are off.

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27 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    “once it passes Congress.”
    ================
    I believe it should read, once it passes the House, the senate is part of congress

    Moscow Mitch will find a way to not hold a trial, just like he refused to interview Merrick Garland. he doesn’t care about the rules, he is making up his own.

    • Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 6:24 pm

      Why would McConnell delay and not move forward, and quickly, if the house actually votes to impeach?

      He’d do it the next day, the Democrat charade would be over and exposed, and Trump would be a shoe in for term two to further expose the Democrats.

      It is a win win really. At this point Trump has already won no matter which way this impeachment “inquiry” goes (and btw, there is no such thing as impeachment inquiry lol).

      • Canadian Observer October 1, 2019 at 7:22 am

        So in your mind, the United States should be saddled with this incompetent malcontent for another four years. Just how much more damage do you want this perpetual cry baby to do to your country? When is enough, enough? Heaven help you all if your sad prediction comes true.

      • Anonymous October 1, 2019 at 7:32 am

        @ 6:24, you are so funny, that’s for the laugh, trump is not going to get a second term. After throwing everyone under the bus, he is going for a plea deal to resign. the traitor has already called Nancy and she said no, but as things heat up the coward that he is will realize his bulling is no longer working.

        • Anonymous October 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm

          7:32 lol (from the people who thought Hillary was going to take it all. You might want to revisit those electoral college numbers again before twice embarrassing yourself by letting your emotions get in front of reality. You are about to get served another huge helping of reality bucko).

  2. Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Any one of us “regular” people would be fired from our jobs like THAT.
    Yet here’s our supposed “leaders” playing reindeer games.

  3. puck September 30, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    if you have enough money you can get away with anything, including raping 13 year old girls. let that come up.

    • Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      You talking Clinton again?

  4. Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    So what mischief are these two getting into, I thought Gorka worked for FOX news? He doesn’t work in the WH any longer, what is he doing in the state dept van? I don’t think he even has a security clearance.
    =====================================
    “Just in: Sebastian Gorka is traveling with Secretary Pompeo to Europe, [NBC State Department correspondent Abigail Williams] reports,” NBC’s Josh Lederman tweeted Monday.

    “He was seen getting into a State Department van headed to Joint Base Andrews for departure,” Lederman added.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/this-right-wing-ex-trump-staffer-was-seen-traveling-with-the-secretary-of-state-report/

  5. Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Remember that Nixon had high Republican suppler… until he didn’t. As more information came out, even his own party realized his position and turned on him. That happened very quickly, and he shocked everyone when he announced his resignation. I think Trump’s support will also erode rapidly. Unlike Nixon, he will never resign,

  6. Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Trump, Barr And Pompeo Have Been Secretly Orchestrating A Massive International Conspiracy

    As MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said on Monday, “[B]asically what’s happening here is the President putting the full force of the United States, in its foreign policy, and the resources of the Dept of Justice, towards validating a bunch of RT/Infowars nonsense.”

    Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau put it more bluntly, saying, “The America First crowd is jeopardizing our national security by pressuring foreign governments to help them discredit our intelligence officials and rig our elections.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/09/30/trump-barr-pompeo-massive-international-conspiracy.html

  7. Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Support For Removing Trump From Office Has Shifted 20 Points In Less Than A Week

    This is a story about a president abusing his power to pressure a foreign leader to collude with him to interfere in a presidential election.

    It is easy to follow. Trump gave the American people the evidence in his own words.

    Trump is freaked out because impeachment is working. It’s freight train that he can’t stop. Public opinion is changing fast, and with each detail, the situation gets worse for Donald Trump.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/09/30/poll-remove-trump-from-office.html

    • Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      Trump Is The First Modern President That More Americans Want To Impeach

      Trump is in a unique position. He is the first president in history to never have an approval rating above 50% in an objective and credible poll. When his historic unpopularity is combined with a scandal that appears to confirm long majority held beliefs about Trump, the result is the opening of the political equivalent of a sinkhole beneath Trump’s feet.

      The president has no support outside of his own minority base to turn to. Unlike Clinton, the conduct at the center of his impeachment probe is presidential, not personal.

      The same question was asked of voters by pollsters for the last 21 years, and Donald Trump is the only president to ever more Americans wanting him impeached than do not.

      The shift is happening rapidly, and Republicans are going to have to choose whether they are going to get out of the way or be buried in the impeachment landslide.

      https://www.politicususa.com/2019/09/30/trump-support-impeachment-poll.html

  8. Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Republicans Call Emergency Meeting As Trump’s Presidency Goes Up In Flames

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/09/30/republicans-call-emergency-meeting-trump-presidency-up-in-flames.html

  9. Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Top conservative commentator Charlie Sykes said Monday that Donald Trump and his defenders in the administration are running “one of the least effective cover-ups in history.”

    He also trashed Republicans in Congress for humiliating themselves in their efforts to defend what are clear high crimes and misdemeanors on the part of the president of the United States.

    Sykes pointed to performances by House minority leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP Rep. Jim Jordan – two blindly loyal Trump supporters – who crashed and burned in their first attempts to defend Trump’s criminal conduct.

    “You have the top Republican in the House of Representatives beclowning himself on the first weekend of defending the president,” Sykes told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. “They’re looking for a narrative but the fact is we know what the narrative is.”

    Sykes added, “A lot of what happened with Ukraine took place in plain sight.”

    In other words, it’s hard to deny criminal behavior that happened in full view of the world. Trump and his remaining allies are starting to figure that out as they talk to any serious journalist outside of the Fox News bubble.

    Video:

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/09/30/conservative-commentator-ridicules-trump-incompetent-cover-up-history.html

  10. Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Counterintelligence expert issues chilling warning about Trump’s desperation

    “Donald Trump does not care about the presidency,” Nance explained. He does not care about America. He does not care about the American public. He only cares about himself and he thinks the people that support him will do what he says.”

    Nance went on to say that he’s spent his life defending the Constitution of the United States, working for the seat of the presidency and not the person.

    “And that man is unfit to have ever been in there,” he continued. “It will be considered the worst mistake in American history. He will make this much, much worse. And what we need to do is be prepared to go down and reclaim our birthright through the Constitution.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/counterintelligence-expert-issues-chilling-warning-about-trumps-desperation/

  11. Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell reveals why Bill Barr and Mike Pompeo are hiring ‘criminal defense’ lawyers

    Two cabinet officials are so deep in President Donald Trump’s abuse of office scandals that they are being forced to hire criminal defense attorneys, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explained on Monday.

    The host noted that, “The Wall Street Journal broke the news today that Mike Pompeo is now a direct witness to the most important evidence in the impeachment investigation. He listened in on the phone call with [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky, a senior State Department official said Monday. NBC News also confirmed Mike Pompeo was listening to that phone call, according to a senior State Department official.”

    “So, whistles are being blown everywhere now,” he noted.

    “Mike Pompeo was part of what Nancy Pelosi has called the coverup about that phone call. Mike Pompeo didn’t blow the whistle on that phone call after listening to it, but today a senior State Department official blew the whistle on Mike Pompeo,” O’Donnell explained. “The whistles are not going to stop in the Trump Administration.”

    “Every Trump enabler should fear the sound of the next whistle. When President Nixon was forced to resign, when a Democratic Congress was still investigating his criminality, president Nixon wasn’t the only one destroyed by that impeachment investigation. President Nixon’s attorney general went to prison. President Nixon’s White House chief of staff went to prison — 48 officials were found guilty of crimes,” he reminded.

    “Tonight, Mike Pompeo needs a criminal defense lawyer. The Secretary of State needs his own privately paid for criminal defense attorney to advise him on how to handle his response to the impeachment investigation,” the host noted.

    “The same goes for Attorney General William Barr,” he noted. “Like Richard Nixon’s attorney general, William Barr needs to hire his own personal privately paid for criminal defense lawyer because William Barr does not have attorney/client privilege with anyone in the Trump Administration,” he noted. “And now William Barr could be as deeply implicated in what Nancy Pelosi called the Trump coverup as Nixon’s attorney general was in the Nixon coverup.”

    “The whistleblowers are everywhere now,” O’Donnell added.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/lawrence-odonnell-reveals-why-bill-barr-and-mike-pompeo-are-hiring-criminal-defense-lawyers/

  12. Anonymous September 30, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Donald Trump pressed the Australian PM to help discredit the Mueller probe as it’s revealed that Bill Barr has asked British and Italian intelligence services to aid DOJ inquiry into CIA and FBI – as Mike Pompeo is dragged further into the scandal

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7522399/Trump-pressed-Australias-prime-minister-launch-investigation-discredit-Mueller-probe.html

  13. Anon September 30, 2019 at 8:48 pm
    • nanna October 1, 2019 at 3:56 am

      There are a man and a woman out there in the world hopefully living happy contented lives because neither of them married Stacey or her husband.

      I hope she and all of her ilk continue to embarrass themselves for our amusement. Rupert Murdoch can’t last much longer, thank God.

  14. anon September 30, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Only a self-hating woman would ever have intercouse with that.

  15. nanna October 1, 2019 at 3:47 am

    That crumbly white dog turd manufactures “choice” out of no choice every day of his evil existence.

    If he claims he has no choice he’s lying.

    I wanna see him swing before Trump.

  16. mike from iowa October 1, 2019 at 3:57 am

    I’d trust McCTurtlefuckface’s word about as far as I could toss a raging, spitting bobcat. You and I know there is a nefarious breach of statute law gonna happen when the time comes. Like Drumpfuck, Moscow Mitch can’t help but break the law.

  17. #PresidentPelosi October 1, 2019 at 8:25 am

    https://www.salon.com/2019/10/01/mystery-wrapped-in-nasty-if-theres-a-senate-trial-ahead-how-much-evil-will-mitch-do/

    Can you say PUSSY now? “This is a man who’s taken extraordinary steps to make sure that Congress and the public never see his tax returns or financial records. There’s perhaps an entire iceberg under the surface, too, composed of dark secrets we don’t even know about at this point.” “Given Trump’s obsessive desire to guard his own copious ass by obstructing literally all congressional subpoenas, it wouldn’t shock me if Trump decided he’d rather quit than have his tax returns and other documents exposed like dick-pics on TMZ.”

    Mystery wrapped in nasty: If there’s a Senate trial ahead, what evil will Mitch do?

    McConnell now says he’ll have to hold an impeachment trial. Is he preparing to throw Trump under the bus?

    McConnell has no choice but to allow the trial to commence, should the House vote to impeach the president — and it looks like Nancy Pelosi has whipped enough votes to make it all but certain that Donald Trump will become only the third president in history to be impeached by the House, and the third to be tried in the Senate per the language of Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution.
    “How long you are on it is a different matter, but I would have no choice but to take it up based on a Senate rule on impeachment.”

    “MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, whose first-hand experience in the Senate and knowledge of its functioning is well known, suggested that McConnell is panicking about 2020. “This is a very, very big deal,” O’Donnell wrote on Twitter. “First, McConnell agrees with Schumer’s unanimous consent request for whistleblower documents and now this. McConnell is doing exactly what he should be doing if he thinks he might need a different nominee for president.” The “different nominee,” naturally, would be Vice President Mike Pence, after having ascended to the presidency should the trial be successful or should Trump resign. Pence would be a much more compliant chief executive, less unpredictable and considerably less, um, disruptive in terms of institutional damage or incriminating tweets. The evangelical base would absolutely turn out to vote for Pence, perhaps with greater energy than for a Trump re-election. In the end, Trump has to resign and allow Pence to be sworn in. He has no choice.”
    ” Should Trump resign, Mike Pence would be sworn in, continuing whatever remains of Trump’s sole term in office. Pence would likely also run in the 2020 race, but it’s unclear how many additional primary challengers he would attract on top of the existing trifecta of Joe Walsh, Bill Weld, and Mark Sanford. I suspect there will be a deal in place to guarantee a pardon for Trump once he resigns, tOO.”-“The only legal way Trump can guarantee he won’t be prosecuted after he leaves office is to resign with a Gerald Ford-style pardon from Pence. That’s it. Resignation and a presidential pardon, taken together, are Trump’s only path to avoiding prison shy of pulling off another improbable election victory, which is no sure thing, whatever he may say.
    Either he quits and gets pardoned, or he loses the election and goes to prison. McConnell can play games during the trial, and Trump might be acquitted. Sure. There are many ways in which that could play out.”

    https://twitter.com/SpeakerPelosi/status/1179037172768243713?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

    https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/10119

    Pelosi Statement on Two Years Since Las Vegas Shooting

  18. anon October 1, 2019 at 8:39 am

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/30/house-republicans-impeachment-messaging-1519704

    “McCarthy implored his troops to stay focused on communicating that there is nothing that rises to the level of impeachment in the president’s July phone call with Ukraine
    Part of the challenge for Republicans is that Democrats are moving forward quickly with their impeachment probe, even working over the two-week recess. And new damning details about Trump’s communications with foreign leaders kept popping up over the weekend, forcing Republicans to play whack-a-mole and complicating their messaging strategy “

  19. Anonymous October 2, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Sure, they’ll go through the motions and then vote for acquittal.

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