Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not eliminated the chance to have witnesses testify in the impeachment hearings, with leaders in a stalemate over the terms of the impeachment.
“We haven’t ruled out witnesses,” the Kentucky Republican said on Fox & Friends. “We’ve said, ‘Let’s handle this case just like we did with President Clinton.’ Fair is fair.”
McConnell repeatedly states that the upper chamber persists at an “impasse” as Democrats remain skeptical the majority leader will conduct a fair trial, Newsweek reported.
McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have not spoken since they met Thursday, where they were unsuccessful at striking a deal on rules for a trial, and do not currently have plans to speak in the near future, according to a McConnell spokesperson.
McConnell pitted the blame for the deadlock on Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, suggesting their maneuver to delay the delivery of the articles of impeachment from the House to the Senate is futile because “we all know how this is going to end.”
In a letter sent Monday to all 99 of his chamber colleagues, Schumer continued to outline his case for why they need specific documents and testimony from certain witnesses who were directed by the White House not to comply with the House’s impeachment inquiry.