Fox News Guest Tom Fitton Says Mitch McConnell Should Change the Rules in Senate to Kill Impeachment Trial
A guest on Fox News has suggested that Mitch McConnell uses his “prerogative” as Senate Majority Leader to change the rules and prevent President Donald Trump from undergoing an impeachment trial.
Thomas Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a right-wing political activist group, told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro on Saturday that McConnell should implement what is known as the “nuclear option” if the House of Representatives votes to impeach Trump.
As noted by Raw Story, Senate rules state that a super majority—which the Republican party does not have—is needed in order to change laws regarding impeachment trials.
Fitton suggested that McConnell should simply ignore the rule which calls for 67 votes to pass any changes and simply state an impeachment trial is not going to happen.
“The Senate is going to have to try any impeachment,” Fitton said. “And if I were the Senate Majority Leader, I’d tell the House, ‘This is dead on arrival, we’re changing the rules, we are going to kill it before it even gets out of the cradle. And we will not follow up with impeachment trial.'”
He added that the Senate is “not required to under the constitution” to impose the rules while suggesting the Democrats’ actions amount to “corruption” against Trump.
“We’re not going to buy into and play your game and ratify your abusive power by further harassing the president with an unnecessary impeachment trial,” Fitton said. “They should throw the charges out like a judge would if the prosecution was corrupt.”
McConnell has previously stated that he would have “no choice” but to continue the impeachment trial process against Trump if the House votes for it.
“Well, under the Senate rules, we’re required to take it up, if the House does go down that path, and we’ll follow the set of rules,” he told on CNBC in September. “It’s a Senate rule related to impeachment that would take 67 votes to change. So, I would have no choice but to take it up.”
When asked by Pirro why McConnell had come out and said this, Fitton replied: “Those are the current rules and I think American citizens should be asking Mitch McConnell to exercise his prerogative as majority leader…and change the rules. This is not a suicide pact, they can change the rules to protect the Constitution.”
The Constitution states the “Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments,” and that “when the president of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside.”
Trump has frequently denied that there was anything untoward about his phone call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky. According to a White House transcript of the call, Trump asked Zelensky to consider an investigation into his potential 2020 rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter over alleged interference in a corruption investigation.
“So Crooked Hillary Clinton can delete and acid wash 33,000 emails AFTER getting a Subpoena from the United States Congress, but I can’t make one totally appropriate telephone call to the President of Ukraine? Witch Hunt”,” he tweeted on Saturday.