Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks back to his office after speaking on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is not letting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) and other Democratic House leaders off the hook for their failed impeachment strategy.
In a mic-drop type of speech on the Senate floor earlier today, McConnell took a victory lap just a three days after Pelosi signaled she was finally going to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week, and one day after she took ridiculous cheap shots at McConnell in an interview by suggesting he was an accomplice to the non-existent collusion Democrats have failed for three years to prove exists between President Trump and Vladimir Putin.
The interview was the sign of a woman defeated not just by McConnell but by her own party after months of proudly accepting the media/left-bestowed-upon title of master impeachment strategist, more so by way of her actions than her words.
It’s unclear if McConnell himself saw the Sunday interview she did with ABC News (his campaign indicated they had by retweeting this tweet), but either way, the speech he gave on the floor of the Senate absolutely torched Pelosi, Schiff, and other Democratic leaders for trying to dictate to him how the Senate trial should be run.
In the speech, McConnell pointed out their strategy was more than a bit hypocritical, since House Democrats conveniently pushed forth without any real due process/discovery procedures in place for Trump, his legal team, and House Republicans.
McConnell also pointedly addressed Pelosi directly, telling her that she never had any leverage against him when it came to how Senate leaders would conduct the Senate impeachment trial. He also noted that for all that time and effort at trying to dictate terms of the Senate trial, Pelosi ultimately hadn’t done her side any favors at all.
“In terms of influencing Senate proceedings, this strange gambit has achieved absolutely nothing. But it has produced one unintended side-effect,” said McConnell. “The Speaker’s efforts to pre-commit the Senate to carry on an investigation with which her own House lost patience concedes that the House case is rushed, weak, and incomplete.”
Watch McConnell’s full speech on this issue below:
Translation, Speaker Pelosi: He won.