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McConnell: 'Let's quit the charade' on impeachment

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP braces for wild week with momentous vote GOP divided over expected Cheney ouster Sunday shows - White House COVID-19 response coordinator says US is 'turning the corner' MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday slammed Democratic senators as well as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' McCarthy says he supports Stefanik for House GOP conference chair Ode to Mother's Day MORE (D-Calif.) over her decision to withhold House-passed articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE from the upper chamber until Republicans guarantee a "fair" trial.

During an interview with "Fox & Friends," the GOP leader knocked the idea that Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' Biden to meet with GOP senators amid infrastructure push The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren says she'll run for reelection to Senate Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech Debate over ICBMs: Will 'defund our defenses' be next? MORE (D-Mass.) or Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' Democrats hit crucial stretch as filibuster fight looms GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories MORE (I-Vt.) would act as impartial judges during the president's Senate trial, claiming that it was an innately political exercise.

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"Do you think Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' Biden to meet with GOP senators amid infrastructure push The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture MORE is impartial? Do you think Elizabeth Warren is impartial? Bernie Sanders is impartial? So let's quit the charade. This is a political exercise. ... All I'm asking of Schumer is that we treat Trump the same way we treated [President] Clinton," McConnell said.

"[Pelosi] apparently believes that she can tell us how to run the trial," he added of the Speaker's decision to withhold the two articles of impeachment.

"Look, we're at an impasse. We can't do anything until the Speaker sends the papers over, so everybody enjoy the holidays," he added.

McConnell's comments follow Pelosi's statement on Thursday that she would delay sending the impeachment articles to the Senate until she received information on “the process that is set forth in the Senate” for Trump's trial.

"We don't know the arena that we're in. Frankly, I don’t care what the Republicans say," she said. “We would hope there would be a fair process just as I hope they would honor the Constitution."

The move has drawn criticism from the White House and allies of Trump, who argue that Pelosi is stalling on the issue to force a longer Senate trial that would be more politically damaging to the president.

McConnell himself has been criticized for saying he would coordinate with the White House during the proceedings in the Senate.