Val Demings charges Mitch McConnell cannot take oath for impeachment, must withdraw
Val Demings believes that Mitch McConnell should recuse himself from the Senate impeachment trial.

Val Demings and Mitch McConnell
Demings contends McConnell cannot take an oath of impartiality.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments Thursday indicate he can no longer be an impartial juror, Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings charged Friday.

The Orlando Democrat said McConnell must recuse himself in any Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Demings, a former Orlando police chief, cited current Senate rules that require Senators in impeachment trials to take an oath of impartial justice. She then said McConnell no longer can take such a pledge.

Thursday night, appearing on The Sean Hannity Show on FOX News, McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said: “Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with the White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this to the extent that we can.”

Demings is a member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee that voted Friday morning to send two articles of impeachment to the floor of the House of Representatives. She voted aye, along with all 22 other Democrats, while all 17 Republicans voted no. She also is a member of the House Intelligence Committee that prepared the Democrats’ case with months of investigation, featuring 17 witnesses in October and November.

On Friday, she cited Chapter IV, Paragraph 5 and also Chapter XXV of the Senate Rules, which stipulate that all Senators must take oaths that state: “I solemnly swear [or affirm, as the case may be] that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of [the person being impeached], now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.”

That oath (or something like it) Demings notes, is required under the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 3, which states: “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation.”

The Senate rules she cited were last codified in 1986.

“Sen. McConnell has promised to sabotage that trial, and he must recuse himself. No court in the country would allow a member of the jury to also serve as the accused’s defense attorney. The moment Sen. McConnell takes the oath of impartiality required by the Constitution, he will be in violation of that oath. He has effectively promised to let President Trump manage his own impeachment trial,” she declared in a news release issued by her office Friday afternoon.

“The Senator must withdraw,” she concluded.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


124 comments

  • Sam

    December 13, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    A leader of the legislative branch admitting on TV that that they have no independence from the executive. The founding fathers must be turning in their graves at this point. Good catch Val.

    • Doug

      December 13, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      Agreed. I wonder what Roberts will say about this? He presides, after all.

      • Doug

        December 13, 2019 at 7:06 pm

        I’ve heard that the ‘Congress’ can limit his power.

        • Tracy

          December 14, 2019 at 3:47 am

          Hell yeah.

        • JM

          December 14, 2019 at 10:29 am

          Where did you hear this?

        • Geo

          December 14, 2019 at 4:19 pm

          You are almost right, It is not Congress but unfortunately, it is Moscow Mitch as the Chairman of the Senate who is able to bypass Supreme Court justice Robert’s opinion.

      • Paul Stockhausen

        December 14, 2019 at 8:49 pm

        Roberts has to protect the integrity of the SCOTUS!

      • Kevin

        December 23, 2019 at 4:40 am

        Lensey Graham, ALSO was caught Saying the Same in regards to the impeachment trial That he HAS ALREADY MADE UP HIS MIND On YouTube ,How he was going to VOTE! Shocking These are OUR Elected Officials Abuse of Office.

    • Dorothee Custer

      December 13, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      Incredible how far the Republicans have fallen down. Thank god John McCain is not here to witness this.

      • Concerned citizen

        December 14, 2019 at 1:32 am

        He’s watching from hell

        • Deb

          December 14, 2019 at 7:28 am

          John is not in hell. But Trump and Mitch will be there some day.

          • Sara L

            December 14, 2019 at 9:45 am

            For violating their oaths to God. Yep.

          • Geo

            December 14, 2019 at 4:20 pm

            Agree

        • Margaret Rawdon

          December 14, 2019 at 10:02 am

          Concerned citizen:what is your real name “coward”? John McCain was a true concerned citizen and will always be a hero.

          • A Real Patriot

            December 14, 2019 at 11:45 am

            His real name is Vladimir Putin

          • SoFineSoFla

            December 14, 2019 at 8:35 pm

            John McCain served his country faithfully and honorably as a soldier but not so much as a politician. He put his personal animus towards the President ahead of the good of the country and political party. He knew full well he was damaging the country’s interests and did so willingly. He also pulled an FDR move and knowing full well he was incapable of governing, refused to relinquish power.

        • david Sholtz

          December 15, 2019 at 2:15 am

          You sir are an ignorant tRoll protecting an ignorant President.

        • Travis Schlegel

          December 15, 2019 at 5:08 am

          Concerned about what? Making sure America is destroyed? Fucking traitor.

        • 1senoj

          December 15, 2019 at 10:36 pm

          One should never speak ill of the dead, John McCain was a good man with good intentions for America and a man of great moral, integrity and compassion for his fellow man. Please don’t put him in the category of this current administration.

      • Bob Conner

        December 14, 2019 at 12:22 pm

        Yes your right. He would see right through this scam on our president.

        • Fred

          December 14, 2019 at 7:04 pm

          You’re a trumpy with your head in the sand. 17 witnesses, trumps own admission, mulvaney admission, and the memo of the call trump released himself. Trump is the scam and you been snowed over. Please tell me how you think for yourself and are not in a cult but you like who trump tells you to, hate who trump tells you to, do what trump tells you to do and buy every lie he sells you. You trumpies are a very sad bunch of liars.

          • JOSE FARIAS

            December 15, 2019 at 2:52 pm

            Well, well, we are in a cult? How about you guys on the left? Have you watched the hearings? There was no evidence at all. No first hand knowledge of any evidence. The top witness for the impeachers was Sondland. What is that he said? I “presumed.” When asked about first hand evidence the only one he had was this. He asked the President, and I may not remember word for word his testimony, but it was like this: “How can I help Mr President?” Trumps answers were: “I don’t want anything, I don’t want any quid pro quo. I want Zelenski to the right thing.” So, the only first hand testimony of the star witness of the Impeachers exhonorated the President. If you guys don’t know that either you only hear what the liars on the left said or you didn’t watch the hearings at all.

    • Terry Bennett Sr

      December 13, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      He is slapping 60% of the U.S. voting citizenry with his totally UnAmerican braggadocio of his unlawful version of a trial!

      • Charles Kristopeit

        December 14, 2019 at 2:29 pm

        Lindsey Graham is doing the same this morning. Justice Roberts should round up all these tampered jurists, and recuse them all.

    • Esther

      December 13, 2019 at 10:59 pm

      Agreed100%…have to reach deep in the books for this corrupt administrator InThe Oval Office. Fake president doesn’t respect the law. Thinks the law is only for the poor. 45 is a monster a stain to our beloved country. No justice no peace! Impeach now!

    • Sally Gravely

      December 13, 2019 at 11:19 pm

      Absolutely true. He must declare that his couldn’t be impartial if he tried. Lock him away and cancel his lifetime retirement perks!

    • Ross

      December 14, 2019 at 4:25 am

      Impeach her and all of her crooked partisan cronies. How can this be happening in America. Here we have a President who loves his country, the people of his country and his doing great things for his country and these communist bullies are harassing him every chance they get,

      • Lynne K

        December 14, 2019 at 6:45 am

        What is ONE THING Donald Trump has done for this country? He’s all about cashing in. He doesn’t care about anyone but himself. How is it you can’t see that?

      • Deb

        December 14, 2019 at 7:30 am

        Trump loves himself. Stop acting like he’s a god and untouchable. He wants to be a dictator. Get a clue.

      • Charles Smith

        December 14, 2019 at 9:44 am

        He is a Screaming Narcissist- he loves ONLY HIMSELF! How many wives has he had, and could not stay true to any of them. He does not belong in the presidency- he belongs either in prison or a mantal hospital .

      • JM

        December 14, 2019 at 10:35 am

        Your comment makes no sense. DT shows no love of the country or the people in it. No one is a communist and only DT is a bully. He excels in harassment. You obviously haven’t given this any real thought. Please do so.

      • A Real Patriot

        December 14, 2019 at 11:51 am

        The real communist is the person who cozies up to Vladimir Putin. One guess who that is.

      • Jack S

        December 14, 2019 at 12:54 pm

        You are just repeating Fox talking points; like religion, just because you believe Trump to not be guilty, does not make it so. Put the cool-aide down and watch another network.

      • Nina

        December 14, 2019 at 1:23 pm

        You are out of your ever lovin fkin mind, YOU ARE TRUMP TRASH no talking sense to DEPLORABLES!

      • PDXsays

        December 14, 2019 at 1:40 pm

        Communist? Have we been transported back in time to a Bizzaro World History twisted and skewed? Or do you eat babies for breakfast every morning, Ross?

      • Reenie

        December 14, 2019 at 3:40 pm

        How sad to be brainwashed. This President continues to break down the legislative process and capitalize off everyone. Lies, lies and more lies.

        • UpHours

          December 16, 2019 at 10:46 pm

          I’ve can’t believe all the BS I’m reading from TDS stage 4 posters!
          I thought most people are smart enough to educate themselves about where the deep state is taking our country!
          Guess I was wrong

      • Chris

        December 14, 2019 at 4:58 pm

        A president who loves his Country?? You must be kidding ,he loves Russia, he is Hell Bent on destroying this one, You are a foo l .open your eyes, He has conned you!

      • Susan

        December 14, 2019 at 6:25 pm

        Evidence please.

      • Hazel Connor

        December 14, 2019 at 7:05 pm

        Where did you get your rose coloured glasses? I need a pair to ignore what’s going on and maybe live through this dreadful time.

      • BiolleyBuzz

        December 15, 2019 at 4:58 am

        Ross is a Russian, Israeli or Saudi troll…. Nyet, nyet, comrade Russ.

      • Travis Schlegel

        December 15, 2019 at 5:11 am

        Just out of curiosity, how money do you make on a troll farm? Is it in ruples or dollars? Do you have to actually GO to a building in Moscow or are you allowed to log in from home? Do they even HAVE Wi-Fi in Russia?

      • Photocrazy

        December 15, 2019 at 7:34 pm

        Well since Melania’ father is a card carrying member of the Communist Party in his home country, I think we know who the Communists are. Before Twitler, the GOP would have never let someone with a Commiw relative run in their party. Now they a cuddling up to Putin, he must have some major Kompromat on them.

        The 1% has been paying them to make the USA an Autocratic Oligarchy, and we are almost there, with Putin controlling the situation.

        If Twitler is so innocent, why doesn’t he release we hat was requested and let those served supeonas testify to clear him? It is because they would have to either lie to protect him, or tell the truth that he did everything he is accused of and that he is guilty, that is why. Innocent people have nothing to hide.

    • Don James

      December 14, 2019 at 7:23 am

      I don’t care for Mitch McConnell’s style as a Senator, a bit to melancholy for me…….. but highly doubt he said anything of the sort and once again question reporters inability to decider the “true” meaning of anyone’s words at this point in the media process…. As to anyone turning in their grave that’s a matter for further discussion at another time…… The Dema have been gunning for Trump since he announced his intent to run and are guilty of the same type of “political espionage” that unfolded during the Watergate Era….. For the record I’m an “INDEPENDENT “ voter

      • S L

        December 14, 2019 at 8:55 am

        Do a quick search. He said this on television. On fox. You can find unedited tape of the interview very easily.

      • 2SpiritMan

        December 14, 2019 at 9:58 am

        Don James It’s people like you that have us in deep trouble in this country. How dare you deny what this traitor has done and said on national TV.

      • JM

        December 14, 2019 at 10:43 am

        I am an independent voter also, but I am not a fool. Donald Trump has been a crook and a con man his whole life. Ask the many people who have never been paid for work they have done for him. Ask the cities whose budgets have been blown providing security etc for him and his rallies and never been compensated. Pay attention to the egregious amount of money he has spent of our money on golf trips. Take into account his secret meetings in the Oval Office with Russians, our enemy and the enemy of democracies around the world. This man should be held accountable.

      • BETH ELLYN WIERZBICKI

        December 14, 2019 at 1:50 pm

        Don James, I watched the Hannity interview live, and another piece of footage when he was asked a question at the Capital. This report is of EXACTLY what Sen. McConnell said. He even repeated his words and intent several times because he wanted to make sure that his position was CLEAR to the democrats and to the American people. He said, “I will be in total coordination with the White House counsel”, and that there will be NO differences between him and the White House, “in the way this thing goes”. He also said there is no possibility that Trump will be found guilty, He is saying this BEFORE the impeachment trial has even begun, so clearly McConnell is not going to be impartial. And he says it right out loud because he wants us (and the President) to know that. Never in any case does a juror work with a defendant in the course of any type of trial. Republicans, Democrats and Independents can all agree on that, so I can understand your doubt that the leader of the United States Senate would say anything like that. But sadly, publicly, that’s exactly what he did.

        • JOSE FARIAS

          December 15, 2019 at 2:44 pm

          There is nothing to be partial or impartial about it. The impeachment process carried out was a “crock.” If haven’t figured that out you must be on the extreme left side of the political spectrum.

      • PDXsays

        December 14, 2019 at 1:52 pm

        OOOoooOo! So forceful!
        “…for me…….. but highly doubt he said anything of the sort and once again question reporters inability to decider the “true” meaning of anyone’s words at this point…”

        But too damn lazy to to repeat the words or locate, copy/paste into his comment. That makes him pretty much a slob who probably didn’t vote, and just revels – like an Orange Julius Ceasar – in causing disturbance among his fellow citizens, feeling smug and powerful imagining Donnie succumbing to his deduction, better than what Vlad had ever done to him, blah, blah, blah.

      • kirk somerville

        December 14, 2019 at 5:39 pm

        If Trump must win
        the Fix is in.
        If Trump ‘can’t’ lose
        Mitch must recuse
        If Roberts sits upon this see
        To lend respectability
        He’ll come away with no relief
        And rue the day he was the Chief.

      • Margaret M. Cooke

        December 14, 2019 at 9:52 pm

        Denial denial denial. HE. SAID. IT. And then he and Hannity laughed.

      • Preston Wenger

        December 15, 2019 at 7:52 am

        Excellent point. One realizes, from the gist of responses, that only Democrats have the right to express themselves. Mitch can be a Trump supporter and still vote to convict if the facts justify. No facts have been presented that mandate impeachment. We’ve heard opinions, feelings, and bias only.

      • Michael C Conner

        December 18, 2019 at 5:18 am

        Mr. McConnell said tonight that he’s NOT A impartial juror. In effect he said that this is partisan politics and he’s not going to allow Trump to be impeached. If you want you can watch the clip on a news show.

    • Andrea Boland

      December 14, 2019 at 7:43 am

      I put this argument out there on C-Span’s Washington Journal yesterday morning. As a former state legislator, I was horrified when I heard what he’d said. He’s been forgetful for a long time of the fact that our three branches of government were created as separate entities designed to provide a check and balance. Either he’s forgotten, too brazen to care, or lacking the needed self-confidence to trust himself to execute his duties. Unbelievable! Thank you, Val!

    • Rodney Davis

      December 14, 2019 at 8:37 am

      Corrupt as hell. He must recuse

    • EVAN MILLER

      December 14, 2019 at 11:00 am

      Ask Val Demmings if she ever recovered the service weapon stolen from her car.

      • A Real Patriot

        December 14, 2019 at 11:58 am

        How does your comment remotely pertain to this conversation?

      • Greg Cunningham

        December 14, 2019 at 12:18 pm

        What that have to do with this…Nothing at all…My teacher always told us “If you don’t have something intelligent to say just say nothing.” That what you should have done.

    • Ed Stines

      December 14, 2019 at 11:04 pm

      Great catch Val,these morons think that because every Republican is a moron, every American is, well it doesn’t work that way now does it? I sincerely hope that chief justice Roberts will expel ole turtle face from that trial if he doesn’t recuse himself. Let’s bring some respect for law and order back to government regardless of the mob that is currently trying to give the impression they are running things.

    • JOSE FARIAS

      December 15, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      You must be on the left of the political spectrum or must not have watched the hearings! Like someone said the whole process was a “crock.”

    • Ann L

      December 15, 2019 at 6:45 pm

      👍 Time for Mitch McConnel and his CRONEYS TO GO!! Gezz

    • Valorita Salaam

      December 16, 2019 at 11:34 am

      I concur. McConnell has publicly declared his fealty to the defendant which is unconstitutional. Not only should he withdraw, he has shown his lack of ethics and integrity to his office (job), he hopefully will be voted out as he cannot in good faith uphold the Constitution of the U.S.

  • D-U-M-P T-R-U-M-P !!!

    December 13, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Go, go, go, Val! Anything you can do to disqualify Moscow Mitch will also stick it to Comrade Drumpf. Throw in Billy Barf Barr – and you have three of the most disgusting and corrupt politicians to ever appear on the American stage! (There are several other lickspittels of the same ilk in the House and Senate, including dinks Gaetz and Steube in the Florida congressional contingent.)

    • Peggy R.

      December 14, 2019 at 1:04 am

      I’m going to play devil’s advocate here. Don’t kill me. Could it be that Mitch is alerting the country of what is going on behind the scenes in the WH.

      • Marcia

        December 14, 2019 at 1:36 am

        How so?
        And no, I won’t kill you, lol! 😉

      • Denise

        December 14, 2019 at 8:42 am

        Explain please 🤔 Thank you

      • JM

        December 14, 2019 at 10:50 am

        Mitch is what’s going on behind the scenes in the WH. He refuses to legislate. That alone should put him on the block. But, this action of ignoring the separation of branches and of the Constitution is beyond egregious. He should not be allowed to get away with it. What comes next if he does is almost unthinkable. We could lose our country.

  • E. Henry Schoenberger

    December 13, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Great article, at least a few journalist care about objectively creating informed public opinion.

    • Grammy

      December 13, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      Journalist*s*.
      I don’t know what’s with the lack of pluralization these days but it bothers me.

      • Marcia

        December 14, 2019 at 1:38 am

        Okay, Grammy. Duly noted. ☺️
        It bothers me too.

  • JR

    December 13, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    I can’t believe the state of this country right now. I’m so upset and disappointed with the Republicans ignoring the testimony of so many people, some appointed by Trump himself, and continuing to ignore the facts. All they say is the Democrats want to impeach Trump, well if he didn’t give them the ammunition, they couldn’t do it. My goodness, it’s not the first time we’ve had a Republican president, but it is the first time we’ve had one so blatant in obstructing the laws of this country. I don’t care if the economy is doing great, I don’t care if the stock market hit the highest point, sometimes the price you have to pay to get those things is too high, and it’s too high with this administration. You got the Judges appointed by Trump continuing to let him hide his finances. Why? Why does someone feel the need to hide their finances when every other President has shown theirs? He’s appointing Judges that are “not qualified” but they are still getting appointed. He’s taking away food stamps from the needy, looking at changing Social Security for the disabled, maybe even overhauling it overall since the Republicans think it’s an entitlement program. Put this man back in office and see what you get. He doesn’t have a reason to give anything next go around, just do what they’ve been wanting to do. Heck they all will be walking away richer anyway, so what do they care.

    I’m just shaking my head at the lowest levels this country has reached under this man and the Republicans who march to his beat. God help our country. I have faith that good overrides evil and there is a reason this country is going thru this and I can’t wait for God to get the glory in all of it. In the meantime we are shining the light on the hatred that may have been hidden but is blatant and now that we have someone who is very intentional in his disgust of the poor, the needy and the same ones we are taught to be our brother’s keeper. Just pray for our country. God is not the author of confusion and that’s all we’ve had with this administration. If anyone believes God sent this man, the Devil was an angel too, but he was cast out. That’s what is going to happen with Trump and this will go down in history as the worst time in our country.

    • Ashely B

      December 13, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      Perfectly said!!!

    • Doug

      December 13, 2019 at 7:09 pm

      If WE the people don’t vote the Republicans out, I guess we deserve what we get. 63 million voted for the idiot and 65 million voted against him. THAT’s scary too. Right now? In Wisconsin? He’s running equal with the Dem candidates…. 🙁

      • Mike Krechevsky

        December 14, 2019 at 11:38 am

        and a Republican judge just purged over 200,000 voters in Wisconsin

    • Angie B. Martin

      December 13, 2019 at 10:35 pm

      Amen!!

    • Tad Liber

      December 14, 2019 at 12:22 am

      To your point, why stop with #moscowmitch ? If you can recuse enough of the GOP Senators, the Democrats could have majority for the conviction vote. Plenty of GOP Senators on film voicing their preconceived opinions. Check mate.

    • lo

      December 14, 2019 at 1:28 am

      Praise God for your post. Eloquent, to the hear of this most horrific matter in our country!

    • Brin

      December 14, 2019 at 2:09 am

      Thank you for articulating all that I feel.

  • Robert Watson

    December 13, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Loved your article, but I would have gone even further with it. There are numerous Republicans besides Mitch that have called the impeachment a joke, and have claimed to have already made up their minds. How can any of them take an oath to uphold the Constitution and be impartial jurors without committing perjury? We have all been given the overwhelming evidence and constitutional law that shows Trump should be impeached. When Republicans are already claiming they will coordinate the Senate trial with the White House, how can we expect impartiality from any of them?

    • Doug

      December 13, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      exactly!!!!! But who can hold them accountable? Roberts?? Don’t think so.

    • Tom K.

      December 14, 2019 at 1:56 am

      “When Republicans are already claiming they will coordinate the Senate trial with the White House”…and the White House will coordinate with Russia.

  • elpato

    December 13, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    wow trump sucks moskkkow mitch putins kentucky beech is going aid and abet treason trump

  • elpato

    December 13, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    wow trump sucks moskkkow mitch putins kentucky beech is going to aid and abet treasonous trump

  • Lisette Baker

    December 13, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I believe that McConnell is still a licensed attorney in Kentucky. Would also be interesting to know if the oath he will now have to untruthfully affirm before the Senate trial violates the Professional Conduct Rules (for licensed lawyers) of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

  • Mary

    December 13, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you Val Demings for taking a stand for democracy. The thing we can do now is call our senators and encourage EVERYONE we know to vote in 2020.

  • Rob Bremmer

    December 13, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    I am an Independant. I have no partisan side in this game. I do have a high stake as a US citizen and a believer in the rule of law and the constitution. Trump and McConnell and their fellow corrupt tribesmen are so far over the line of decency, morality and law – they must be legally removed at the first opportunity. There is a BIG difference between Conservative values and Corrupt Conservatives – we must implore those 60 million Trumpers side with the law. Support rational conservatives when you can find them – the multi-party system is important! But now, in crisis, we must all become constitution followers and vote, voe, vote!

    • Lanie Nagle

      December 14, 2019 at 7:48 am

      Amen!!!

    • June Savage

      December 14, 2019 at 10:50 am

      Well put. I’m running out of enthusiasm for outrage so I appreciate others who step up. The Senate is described in the impeachment process as ‘the jury’. If so, any ‘jurors’ proclaiming on camera they are being influenced by the accused, in a civil or criminal trial, would be automatically DISMISSED!

  • KyKPH

    December 13, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    So, by this logic, any Democrat that has uttered the words “Trump is guilty of….” Should stand down too?

    • C. Huthsteiner

      December 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

      An opinion is one thing. To state that “everything I do during this I will coordinate with White House counsel” “There will be no difference between his position and our position” is way beyond an opinion. The oath is “in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of “Trump” now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws. You can’t promise to “coordinate and guarantee no difference between his position and Trump’s position” if you are impartial.

    • CSR

      December 14, 2019 at 12:38 am

      No, you don’t get it. The difference is, McConnell is planning with 45 how to run 45’s trial, which is unheard of in the legal system. Since when does a juror collude with a defendant? Someone’s opinion of 45 has nothing to do with juror collusion.

    • Michael Bickford

      December 14, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      Not House members, who are the prosecution and will have voted to affirm that they believe that the impeachment bar has been met (and notice that Pelosi and the House Dems are NOT whipping the vote, leaving it to facts and conscience, while the House Reps are whipping both parties as we speak), but YES, any Senate Dems, as members of the jury who must swear to be impartial, who state how they will vote before the trial has been held and the fact officially put into record, should likewise be recused. All that is if there was going to be a truly fair trial, but with McConnell and Roberts in charge it clearly will not be. It will be a Moscow-style show-trial. Then the real trial will occur in November 2020.

    • Glenda

      December 15, 2019 at 8:46 am

      ANY Senator who has gone on record stating how s/he WILL vote before the trial has even begun should be disqualified. That person is not impartial, and this unqualified to be on the “jury.”.

  • Drumguy

    December 13, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you lovers of Socialist/Communist indoctrination. You are finally making your comrades happy. You have begun to accept and believe everything your leftist guides in the Government,Universities,Media and Hollywood tell you. It has taken us many years of constant double speak,lies,fake news,rewriting history and creating racial divide to awaken your sense of community. You are convinced that anyone that disagrees with you should be shut-up, chased away, made to disappear or shot.These are but the first steps toward our Utopian state so stay the course and follow the doctrines you have learned and continue to blame people of wealth, Christians,Caucasians,cops and the Military.
    And above all else you must disrupt the Republican party until it ceases to exist. Once we have obtained our one world,one rule society we can move forward to the next phase. Welcome to the Oligarchy you are on your way to selecting a “Dear Leader” to be in charge! Carry on until you hear further instructions.

    • Reed Tompson

      December 14, 2019 at 12:27 am

      The commies know they can’t beat him at the ballot box, this is the sole reason for this 3 year coup…

      That’s OK, get ready for Commie Suicide Watch 2: Electoral Boogaloo

      Coming to a town near you! November 2020

    • Greg Dowle

      December 14, 2019 at 4:27 am

      Well capitalism obviously doesn’t work, you could do much worse than Socialism.

    • Deb

      December 14, 2019 at 7:36 am

      Get a grip. You have no idea how close to a dictator this president is. You don’t hold Rally’s as a president and tell your fans to start a civil war. I don’t know any democrat who fits the description you are blathering about,

    • hankdevlin

      December 14, 2019 at 10:57 am

      Your political analysis makes me think you really are a drum guy. Hey, you know why drummers leave their sticks on the dashboards of their cars, right? So they can park in the handicapped spaces.

  • Diane

    December 14, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Maybe the reason Mitch the idiot made the statement is because he doesn’t want to be forced to tell the truth about Trumpy. He is such a brown nosier

    • Tom K.

      December 14, 2019 at 2:06 am

      Maybe Moscow Mitch is afraid that Vlad and 45 will take away his well used copy of the Trump Moscow Pee Tape if he isn’t a brown-nose for Trump (and Vlad, by extension).

  • Reed Tompson

    December 14, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Good luck with that, commie… lol

  • Mark Burns

    December 14, 2019 at 1:26 am

    and the butt hurt continues

    • Rosemary Corr

      December 14, 2019 at 7:39 am

      What about this one, too? The Oath of Office: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

      Constitution of the United States
      Article 2. Section 4.

      Section 4
      “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

      I say “No more deals”.

  • Maud

    December 14, 2019 at 7:12 am

    He publically said he will not be impartial so he needs to go. He should have no part in this hearing.

  • Lewis M. Dickens

    December 14, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Wow. I have long felt that it will be the Black women of America that will straighten things out. Apparently Magnificent thinking in this case!

  • Ocean Joe

    December 14, 2019 at 11:45 am

    VAL DEMMINGS SHOULD BE THE DEM SENATE CANDIDATE to send wishy-washy Marco packing.
    As for Impeachment, Be proactive. Vote for Klobuchar who can work with Republicans, isn’t a far left kook and who will destroy Trump on election day. Removal wont happen, GOP senators are terrified of the bully who even attacked little Greta Thunberg because she’s Time’s person of the year and he’s not. They know he’ll turn the mob against them and replace them with low brain-celled characters like Matt Gaetz and Louie Gohmert who should get an Oscar for their feigned agony over holding Trump accountable.
    When you hear these guys defending Trump you know that old ‘southern strategy’ is alive and well. Nothing excites the base more than smearing minorities and Trump knows it.

  • JAMES MICHAEL YOUNGBLOOD

    December 14, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    It doesn’t matter if Mitch McConnell wants to violate his oath. McConnell CANNOT be removed by the courts. Only the Senate can take action against McConnell or Graham. Since the Senate is Majority controlled by GOP, Nothing will happen.

    This is one the reason why impeachment MUST be BIPARTIAN. If an impeachment is not bipartial it will most likely fail.

  • Charles Vick

    December 14, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    As long as we are examining things, let’s go a little farther back. Even a 5 year old Democrat child could research and find out the truth if they honestly wanted to find the truth. The Republican party was and is the Party of Lincoln. Emancipation proclimation was written by Republicans and voted against by every Democrat in the Senate and House. Check the historical voting records. Democrats blocked every Republican Party Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks. If you are not to ignorant to research the internet, you too can find out the truth about the roots of the Demicratic party. Within my lifetime southern Democrats rode horses (Klu Klux Klan) in white sheets and hung hundreds of innocent black men from trees and bridges and now they promote late term abortions where the baby is actually born then smothered. The Klu Klux Klan was not of Republican design or invention. Check out the videotaped interview with the baby killing Virginia Democratic governor. The roots of the Democrat party is the killing innocent blacks and now the killing of innocent babies. Embrace your roots and your current baby killing agenda. Why should I listen to a single word from a group of black and baby killing bastards. Compared to your Democratic party, President Trump could be and deserves to be a Saint. Before you try to distance yourself from your party’s roots and it’s current baby killing agenda, you need to look at yourselves. If one of you is guilty of killing babies, all of you are guilty and carry the stench of killing blacks and babies. Before you find fault in our President, look in the mirror and before you take the log out of your brother’s eye, take the log out of your own eye. That’s a Biblical reference for all the Democrats reading this.

    • Linda Richman

      December 14, 2019 at 10:54 pm

      Your hatred and ignorance is overwhelming. So much so, that I doubt that any rebuttal to your remarks can be effective.
      All that I can say is that our current president is an unlikely candidate for sainthood and that abortion is still legal in these United States.

      • Charles Vick

        December 15, 2019 at 1:27 am

        How is a baby killing bastard going to rebut your party’s roots and history. Both you and I know the truth Linda but you as a Democrat are too ashamed to admit your party’s current direction and historical roots. We will both see in 2020 if you can pull together enough of your stay at home, unemployed, welfare and food stamp sucking human parasites to vote Trump out of office. I don’t believe that the baby killing human filth that now populates the Democratic party have anyone as a candidate that can beat Trump. Get ready for four more years of a Great President and great accomplishments by that President. Trump for president 2020.

  • Nancy Resor

    December 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    That was stupid and creepy. Mitch McConnell is still just a Trump puppet, plain and simple. The best ever reason for term limits is Mitch McConnell!!!

  • Gregory Toomer

    December 15, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Since when does a juror deliver a verdict BEFORE the trial???????

  • David

    December 15, 2019 at 4:10 am

    While we are at it, why is it that the Senate Majority Leader gets to blanket block all House bills without recourse? Who gave him *that* power? I can hardly believe that was a line in the Constitution. Senate rules again I guess? Something smells rotten.

  • Carol Johnston

    December 15, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    And now Rand and Lindsey have pretty much said they’ve already made up their mind: no. Aren’t potential jurors who admit partiality dismissed from duty????

  • JOSE FARIAS

    December 15, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Looks like the readers of this site are on the left side of the political spectrum. They have no clue of what is coming to them. This joke process of impeachment is going to bring a majority of Americans to vote against the left. The left is not just left any longer, they are extreme left. Another joke is to hear the left talk about the Constitution. They only remember of it when they think it may help their political biased and unconstitutional agenda. And, yes, Trump will be acquited. And will win in 2020. You better wake and smell the roses.

  • Steven M Johnson

    December 15, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Mitch McConnell is no less corrupt than Trump. He touts himself as the Grim Reaper.
    He won’t put any bill to the Senate floor to vote on even though it was passed by the House.
    McConnell should recuse himself because he’s in league with the White House.

  • Jerry

    December 16, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Do your research – a good read “The Plot To Destroy Democracy “ – Malcolm Nance – He’s a globally recognized intelligence community member and a counterterrorism analyst. He discuss in the book how Russia has been grooming Trump to be president for more than 30 years.

  • eramthgin

    December 16, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    How about all of the dem senators that are running for president should be excluded as well. They will benefit from the outcome.

    • Diane D

      December 16, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      Just because they are running doesn’t mean they won’t do their job fairly. The questions they are asking are the questions a lot of us want the answers to.

  • DIANE D

    December 16, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    WELL KICK OUT LINDSEY GRAHAM BECAUSE HE CANT EVEN PRETEND TO BE A FAIR JUROR!

  • Bruce

    December 17, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    It’s either political grandstanding or a lack of knowing history on Demmings part….I guess she didn’t know the Clinton White House was in constant…and open…contact with the Senate President and committee staff during his impeachment…so says the Washington Post last week. That would mean ever democrat who was in contact with Clinton over his impeachment should have been recused from voting on his impeachment ..which would mean that Clinton SHOULD have been found guilty and removed from office in 1998.

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