Dems call for Mitch McConnell to recuse himself from Senate impeachment

December 15, 2019

As impeachment barrels onward, Democrats have preemptively turned their ire from House Republicans towards Senate Republicans, starting with Mitch McConnell.

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) just came forward to demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recuse himself from Senate impeachment proceedings. 

Mitch McConnell told Fox News on Thursday that “everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with the White House counsel.”

“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.”

Democrats immediately cried foul after McConnell’s statements and accused the Kentucky Senator of serving as the “accused’s defense attorney.”

Bass told MSNBC on Friday that McConnell has said he’s in “lockstep” with the defendant, and that it’s “completely inappropriate.”

If you can imagine going into a courtroom in a trial and the foreman of the jury says, well, I’m working with the person that’s being accused of the crime. And so, it’s completely inappropriate. McConnell should recuse himself. … How can a juror coordinate with the defendant? That is corrupt.

Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) also spoke out against McConnell, saying that “no court in the country would allow a member of the jury to also serve as the accused’s defense attorney. The moment Senator McConnell takes the oath of impartiality required by the Constitution, he will be in violation of that oath.”

McConnell himself has yet to comment on the Democrat calls for him to step aside.

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Emily Peters