Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that Republican pressure "obviously" forced House Democrats to schedule Thursday's vote on a formal impeachment resolution.
"Obviously, the responded to the pressure that we put on them to try to handle this in the most transparent way that meets basic standards of due process that every American would be entitled to," McConnell told reporters at the Capitol.
The majority leader's comments came before the House Rules Committee released the impeachment resolution.
McConnell said he had not yet decided whether to schedule a floor vote on a resolution introduced last week by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., that would condemn the House probe, instead waiting to see what the Rules Committee had released.
"We'll have to take a look at what the House produces later [Tuesday], and see if it passes the smell test of providing the kind of due process protections that the president and his team are certainly entitled to, just like President Nixon was and President Clinton was," McConnell told reporters.
He and 49 other Republicans have co-sponsored Graham's measure. Three senators have not. They are Sens. Susan Collins, Maine; Lisa Murkowski, Alaska; and Mitt Romney, Utah.
Their decision might require Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tiebreaking vote if Graham's resolution comes to the floor.
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