Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talked extensively today on how an impeachment trial might play out.
McConnell said if an agreement with Democrats can’t be reached on a resolution dictating how the trial is run, Republicans could use the strength of their majority vote to push one through.
“There are three ways this could end up being handled," he said on a Senate trial, adding that “51 senators of any particular persuasion could workout procedure for handling it.”
McConnell also suggested that he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer could work out an agreement "on what the procedure would be in the Senate."
He went on to say each issue that comes up could be dealt with like a “jump ball.”
“If we don’t work out the procedure in advance, at a minimum, we would probably go forward with the House, presenting the case," McConnell said. "The President's lawyers presenting the argument. And then a series of motions could be made if the Chief Justice handles it the way Chief Justice Rehnquist did all of those will be submitted to the body and voted on and so a motion could encompass almost any suggestion.”
McConnell added the reason he provided such a lengthy answer is because he said “there is no answer at the moment.”
He also said he anticipates Chief Justice John Roberts will play a “passive role” since that is “the way Rehnquist did it."
"Basically submitting suggestions to the body, and they voting on it," McConnell said.