McConnell calls on Schumer to end Pelosi's impeachment standoff
The Kentucky Republican said Mr. Schumer doesn’t need to be at the whim of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who has withheld the articles of impeachment for about three weeks.
The Senate can’t begin the trial until it receives the charges from the House under current precedent. Ms. Pelosi has said she would not turn over the articles until she is guaranteed the GOP-controlled Senate will hold a fair trial.
“The Senate is not a creature of the House,” Mr. McConnell said.
Republicans have said the trial should follow the same rules as the 1999 Senate trial of President Clinton. During those proceedings, House managers presented their case for impeachment and the president’s legal team responded before the issue of witness testimony was voted on by the Senate.