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McConnell Says in Ad He'll Stop Impeachment

Majority leader had said Senate would have to take up the issue
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2019 11:25 AM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks Friday in Louisville.   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

(Newser) – In a new Facebook video ad, Mitch McConnell seems to provide a unsubtle clue to how he would handle an impeachment trial of President Trump in the Senate. "The way that impeachment stops is a Senate majority with me as majority leader," McConnell says, adding, "But I need your help. Please contribute before the deadline." The Kentucky senator is up for reelection next year, and the campaign ad mostly focuses on impeachment. At one point, USA Today reports, type on the screen says: "Your conservative Senate Majority is the ONLY thing stopping Nancy Pelosi from impeaching President Trump. Donate & help us keep it!"

McConnell earlier said the rules give him "no choice" but to have the Senate consider articles of impeachment if sent over from the House, per CNN. "How long you're on it is a whole different matter," he said. An aide told reporters that Senate rules would allow an attempt to toss the articles of impeachment, per the Hill. Conviction would require the votes of 67 senators. (Twitter didn't like a McConnell ad posted in August.)

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