On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt that the trial to decide if President Trump should be removed from office “shouldn’t take long.”
“Well, it shouldn’t take that long. But just one thing that may make senators impatient to get it over with is under the, in an impeachment trial, they can’t speak. They have to sit there quietly and listen. This’ll be good therapy for a number of them.” McConnell told Hewitt.
McConnell also warned Hewitt about the potential precedent being set by the partisanship of the impeachment. “This is a political exercise. The words in the Constitution, high crimes and misdemeanors, are misleading in the sense that the founders were having a hard time describing what kind of offense would warrant impeachment. The truth of the matter is impeachment is whatever a majority of the House thinks it is at any given moment. Fortunately, over the history of the country, we have only rarely pulled the trigger on impeachment. And I hope the fact that this weak case for impeachment doesn’t mean this is going to become routine in the future.”
McConnell’s fears are echoed by other Republicans, like President Trump, who worry that this will trigger a desire for payback by Republicans on a future Democrat President.