McConnell: 'No Chance the President Is Going to Be Removed from Office'

Posted: Dec 12, 2019 10:35 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talked to Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday evening as the House Judiciary Committee continued its debate on two articles of impeachment against President Trump. McConnell splashed some cold water on the Democrats' fevered efforts to overturn the results of the 2016 election. 

The majority leader told Sean Hannity that everything he will do during the president's Senate trial will be coordinated with the White House Counsel's Office. 

"There will be no difference between the president's position and our position," McConnell said, "as to how to handle this to the extent that we can. ... We will be working through this process, hopefully in a fairly short period of time, in total coordination with the White House Counsel's Office and the people who are representing the president in the well of the Senate." 

Hannity asked the Senate majority leader if he planned on calling witnesses such as Hunter Biden during the president's trial. McConnell said that such decisions will be left up to the president's counsel but told Sean Hannity that there was no way the president would be removed from office. 

"The president's counsel may or may not decide they want to have witnesses, McConnell said. "The case is so darn weak, coming over from the House. We all know how it's going to end. There's no chance the president is going to be removed from office. My hope is there won't be a single Republican who votes for either of these articles of impeachment and Sean it wouldn't surprise me if we got one or two Democrats." 

McConnell did note that Chief Justice John Roberts would be in the chair but said he didn't expect Roberts "to tilt the playing field either way."

Hannity also asked McConnell if he saw any evidence of wrongdoing on the president's behalf. 

"This is a really weak case," McConnell replied, "and that's why I think you're going to see bipartisan opposition to the articles over in the House."

"If you know you have the votes," McConnell explained, "you've listened to the arguments on both sides, and believe the case is so slim, so weak, that you have the votes to end it -- that might be what the president's lawyers prefer, and you can certainly make the case for making it shorter rather than longer since it's such a weak case."

If the House sends the two articles of impeachment over to the Senate, McConnell said the Senate would take up the articles at the beginning of the new year and focus solely on the Senate trial, which McConnell hopes will be a shorter rather than a longer process.