From the beginning, the scope of the impeachment inquiry has been in Democratic hands. As the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has had enormous influence over how the process was run. When the inquiry moves over to the senate, it will be in the hands of Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell.
McConnell has already discussed how he will be handling the senate trial. The Kentucky senator has said that he doesn’t intend to run the process in a fair manner. When asked about McConnell’s Thursday speech in which he derided the impeachment process, Pelosi said that she didn’t care what Republicans have to say.
During his speech, McConnell described the impeachment process as, “the most rushed, least thorough and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history.” He also criticized Pelosi directly, saying, “Speaker Pelosi’s House just gave into a temptation that every other House in our history has managed to resist.”
When asked about the comments, the Speaker of the House didn’t hold her tongue. The trial, that is where you put the managers. I’m not prepared to put the managers in that bill yet because we don’t know the arena that we are in,” Pelosi said. “Frankly, I don’t care what the Republicans say.”
Pelosi was also critical of McConnell. “I heard some of what Mitch McConnell said today, it reminded me that when they wrote the Constitution, they suspected there could be a rogue president,” she continued. “I don’t think they suspected we could have a rogue president and a rogue leader in the Senate at the same time.”