Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday that the Senate would have to hold a trial if the House passed impeachment articles against President Donald Trump.
"I would have no choice but to accept it," said the Kentucky Republican.told CNBC.
"How long you've been at this is a different matter, but I would have no choice but to adopt it on the basis of a Senate impeachment rule."
McConnell's comment to CNBC echoed one he made to National Public Radio in March when he said, "If the House acts, the Senate will be immediately tried." But when asked the same question last week, McConnell told reporters he would not get involved. "hypothetical. "
McConnell was in the Senate the last time an impeachment trial was held for President Bill Clinton in 1999. He voted to convict Clinton for impeachment articles for lying under oath and obstruction of justice, but Clinton was acquitted.
McConnell is proud to stop Democratic efforts in Congress. Him referred to yourselfas "the reaper" for his ability to kill the House's Democratic accounts and withheld a vote in then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court candidate, Merrick garlandin 2016.
Asked if he would try to change the impeachment rules, McConnell told CNBC: "No. The Senate impeachment rules are very clear."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Announced last week that she was launching a formal impeachment inquiryto the president after Trump acknowledged that he had asked the president of Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son.
The Timeline for the inquiry is not clear but Pelosi said Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that she wants to move "quickly". This probably means that the consultation will continue for weeks, not months, sources told NBC News.