Anchor Chris Hayes of MSNBC has argued that Mitch McConnell is committing a “big tactical error” after telling Fox News he would work with Capitol Hill on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Hayes said on Thursday’s edition of All in with Chris Hayes that the “tactical error” of the Senate Majority Leader has resulted in Alaska GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski uncovering a “real crack” in the Senate GOP by telling a local broadcaster that she was “disturbed” by his coordination commitment, Newsweek reports.
Hayes also suggested there were a “handful” of GOP senators “one could imagine breaking with the White House” during a vote on impeachment trial procedure.
His comments came two weeks after McConnell told Fox News that he would be working “with the White House counsel’s office” through the Senate impeachment trial process, prompting a backlash on social media.
The Kentucky senator has also told reporters he was “not an impartial juror” and described the impeachment process as a “political exercise.”
Reacting to the Fox News interview with McConnell, Hayes said: “It’s kind of an amazing admission, right? Not even pretending, total co-ordination, no real trial.”
The CNN anchor noted that only four GOP senators would have to defect on a procedural vote for the rules of any impeachment trial held in the chamber “to result in a real, actual trial.”