Mitch McConnell’s term length to this point is 12 years as of 2019 that he has been The Republican Senate Leader since 2007.
How Mitch McConnell Started In Politics
Mitch McConnell was born February 20,1942, he is an American politician serving as Kentucky’s senior United States Senator and as Senate Majority Leader. McConnell is the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the senate, the longest serving U.S. senator for Kentucky in history, and longest serving Republican U.S. Senate leader in history.
McConnell was first elected to the senate in 1984 and has been re-elected 5 times since. During the 1998 and 2000 election cycles, he was chairman of The National Republican Senatorial Committee. McConnell was elected as Majority whip in the 108th Congress and was re-elected to the post in 2004. In November 2006, he was elected Senate Minority Leader, he held that post until 2015, when Republicans took control of the senate and he became Senate Majority Leader.
Mitch McConnel-Latest News-Role In Impeachment Trial
Mitch McConnell on Fox News and in a press conference said that he was ready to go forward with The Impeachment of Donald Trump and that he had the votes to begin the trial in the format he and most of his members have long envisioned: opening arguments for both The House Impeachment Managers and Trump’s defense team, as well as ample time for senators to submit questions in writing.
The Majority Leader’s plan, a decision on whether to call witnesses would be made once the first phase of the trial is over.
McConnell was asked if he could guarantee witnesses will be called, he said that matter would be called, McConnell said that matter would be discussed after the senate votes to proceed-not before.
Basically what he is saying is that the majority vote is in the favor of the Republicans, and they could win the vote if all Republican voted for no witnesses-Democrats need four Republicans to swing that vote back to 51-50 to have witnesses.
Differences Between Clinton And Trumps Impeachment
So lets take a look at the differences between Trump and Clinton
1) Nature of conduct: President Trump abused his presidential power and violated his oath of office by asking the head of a foreign power for two-favors, during hi July 25th, 2019 telephone conversation with Ukraine President, Zelenski, that were in Trump’s personal political interest, first to investigate Democrats on working with Ukraine to help Hillary Clinton in 2016 presidential election. Also, to investigate former Vice President, Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. It is a fact that both these specific requests for two-favors, followed virtually immediately after President Zelenski asked President Trump for military aide to help Ukraine defend against Russian aggression in the east.
There was no evidence that former President Clinton abused presidential power or risked our Democratic elections, rather his conduct involved personal conduct-thus the “abuse of power” failed in a large margin of 285 to 148, also they rejected by ( let us not forget partisan Republican House) a finding of lying under oath by President Clinton even during the civil deposition of Paula Jones-vote of 229 to 205.
2. Obstruction of Congressional Impeachment Inquiry. President Trump refused to comply with duly authorized subpoenas for documents and testimony as part of an impeachment inquiry. If this is to be allowed as a precedent, this would defeat the Impeachment Clause the founders of our country had intended to check a dictatorial lawless President.
Clinton, voluntarily submitted documents to Congress, and appeared before a Grand Jury to testify. For this reason the fact falsely contradicted by Republicans and many Fox News pundits and hosts.
The 55 member Republican Senate, 10 Republicans joined the 45 Democrats to vote to reject The House charge, voted for acquittal 55 to 45, they could not deliver a 51 out of 55 votes in support of obstruction in The Clinton trial.
Mitch McConnell’s Partisan Oath
Mitch McConnell stated he was coordinating the impeachment in the senate with The White House and admits it is a political process. The Democrat’s say that he has violated his oath, and must recuse himself. Article I of The Constitution states that senators sitting on a trial in the senate on impeachment, “shall be on Oath of Affirmation.” The senate rules provide this oath as ” I solemly swear (or affirm) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of (Donald Trump, in this case), now pending. I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws; so help me God.”
McConnel stated that, “I’m not an impartial juror.” called impeachment a political process.
It is a wonderful political career that Mitch McConnell has had, and he is a very smart political opponent for anyone that goes up against him, I disagree with McConnel working hand and glove with Donald Trump and how the trial should proceed. This is a political matter, but it doesn’t mean that if he is found guilty and removed from office, that he goes directly to jail. That being said it is called a trial for a reason, there is a judge, a jury and in the other two impeachment trials in the senate of Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, witnesses were called in the inquiry stage as well as the senate itself.
I know that this is a highly controversial subject (The Impeachment of Donald Trump), but that is why I like to hear both side of the story. It feels that Americans are split on the facts, which is hard to understand. Facts are facts, and there is no disputing things that have happened throughout this inquiry have been factually confirmed by either witness testimony and or some documents that have come out in the last couple of weeks. I deal in the truth, and if we as a nation are split on factual statements and documents, then how do we go forward with anyone as President, be it Donald Trump being re-elected and or a new Democratic President in charge in 2020. We as a nation are already skeptical about our politicians and the non-truths that they tell, but Donald Trump has taken this to a new level with over 15,000 fact-checked lies since his campaign and subsequent Presidency.
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All The Best,