House Judiciary Committee member Mike Johnson, R-La., dismissed a claim by a committee Democrat Friday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is unfit to oversee an impeachment trial of President Trump.
Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., claimed McConnell’s recent interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity proved he was not impartial enough to run the proceedings responsibly.
“Senator McConnell has promised to sabotage that trial and he must recuse himself,” said Demings, a former Orlando police chief, later adding that “No court in the country would allow a member of the jury to also serve as the accused’s defense attorney.”
“I think it’s absurd,” Johnson said of Demings’ claim.
Senator McConnell has promised to sabotage the impeachment trial and he must recuse himself. No court in the country would allow a member of the jury to also serve as the accused’s defense attorney.#DefendOurDemocracy
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) December 13, 2019