Sen. McConnell: Senate has no choice, but to hold trial if House passes impeachment

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UPDATED 11:58 AM PT – Monday, September 30, 2019

According to Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell, the Senate would have “no choice,” but to put President Trump on trial if the House votes to pass articles of impeachment.

During an interview with CNBC Monday, McConnell said the obligation to hold a trial is based on Senate rules and it would take a two-thirds vote to change it.  His comments raise questions on whether he will use the “nuclear option,” but at this point he is planning to follow Senate rules.

“I would have no choice but to take it up,” he stated. “How long you’re on it is a whole different matter, but I would have no choice but to take it up based on a Senate rule on impeachment.”

McConnell also made similar comments in March, but this is the first time he has confirmed the Senate would have to hold a trial after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry last week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. attends a news conference with members of the Senate Republican Leadership, Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019, after their policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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