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Tags: mitch mcconnell | senate | articles of impeachment | house | resistance | coup

McConnell: Senate Has 'No Choice' on Taking Up Impeachment

(CNBC's "Squawk Alley")

By    |   Monday, 30 September 2019 12:14 PM EDT

If the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump, the Senate will have no choice but to take up the case against him, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday. 

"Under the Senate rules we are required to take it up if the House goes down that path," McConnell told CNBC's "Squawk Alley." "We will follow the Senate rules."

How long it stays under discussion, though, is a "whole different matter," McConnell said, but as for now, "the Senate impeachment rules are very clear. The Senate would have to take up an impeachment resolution if it came over from the House."

Two-thirds of the Senate must vote to remove a president, however, making it unlikely that Trump would be removed from office under its current composition. 

McConnell also addressed reports from The Washington Post that said he was the one to call for a transcript to be produced from a July conversation between Trump and Ukraine's president. 

"I did say on numerous occasions I had called the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense wondering what the hang up was ongoing forward with the aid to Ukraine, which I very much supported," McConnell said. "I was curious as to what the delay was, but at least it all ended well, and fortunately the aid was released. I think that was an important step for our Ukrainian friends."

Meanwhile, McConnell said the House has spent the past three years harassing Trump, and he thinks there will be "another chapter of that" with the push for impeachment.

"We need to find other things that actually make a difference for the American people and try to accomplish as much as we can," McConnell said. "That's what I want to do and that's what we're in the process of trying to encourage the house to do by taking up the USMCA (U.S. Mexico-Canada trade agreement.)"

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If the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will have no choice but to take up the case against him.
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