Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday urged all senators to vote to acquit President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, arguing it was House Democrats who abused their power and not the president.

“It insults the intelligence of the American people to pretend this was a solemn process reluctantly begun because of withheld foreign aid,” the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor, a day ahead of the scheduled vote on Wednesday on whether to remove Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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McConnell said House Democrats had been plotting to impeach Trump “for years” for defeating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and derided their arguments that they were trying to protect democracy.

He said Democrats were the ones shattering norms, adopting the “absurd proposition” that “we think this president is a bull in a china shop so we’re going to drive a bulldozer through the china shop to get rid of him.”

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