CLOSINGS: View Closings

McConnell rejects Schumer's call for witnesses at impeachment trial

CNN's Erin Burnett highlights Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (D-NY) shift in opinion now that a Republican is at the center of an impeachment inquiry instead of former Democratic President Bill Clinton.

Posted: Dec 17, 2019 10:10 AM
Updated: Dec 17, 2019 10:10 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday rejected calls from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to allow witnesses at an expected Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

"We don't create impeachments," he said in remarks prepared for delivery on the Senate floor. "We judge them."

"The House chose this road. It is their duty to investigate. It is their duty to meet the very high bar for undoing a national election," McConnell said. "If they fail, they fail. It is not the Senate's job to leap into the breach and search desperately for ways to "get to 'guilty.' That would hardly be impartial justice."

In a letter to McConnell on Sunday, Schumer said he wanted to have former national security advisor John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney testify, two people close to the Trump's actions on Ukraine who refused to testify in the House.

McConnell also said the fact that Senate Democrats want fact witnesses is a sign House Democrats did "sloppy work" in their impeachment inquiry.

"If House Democrats' case is this deficient, this thin, the answer is not for the judge and jury to cure it here in the Senate. The answer is that the House should not impeach on this basis in the first place," McConnell said.

McConnell said he hoped to discuss a path forward with Schumer soon.

St. Joseph
Partly Cloudy
69° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 69°
68° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 68°
Mostly Cloudy
69° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 69°
67° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 67°
69° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 69°
Clouds will continue to move into the area tonight with a slight chance for an isolated shower. Tomorrow we will see a few scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms move through the area, mainly through the morning and afternoon hours. Temperatures will warm into the upper 60s and lower 70s. Rain chances are set to continue on Sunday with temperatures back in the 60s. Rain chances will linger into next week. The rain will be on the lighter side Monday into Tuesday. Ran showers will increase with the possibility for a few thunderstorms Wednesday into Thursday. Temperatures will continue warm into next week with highs in the mid to upper 70s.
KQTV Radar
KQTV Temperatures
KQTV Alerts

Best of St. Joe


Community Events