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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday slammed Democratic senators as well as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE (D-Calif.) over her decision to withhold House-passed articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study 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 SchumerTrump to lift Sudan terror sponsor designation Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts The 2016 and 2020 Senate votes are about the same thing: constitutionalist judges MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Government watchdog to investigate allegations of Trump interference at CDC, FDA MORE (D-Mass.) or Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw 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 SchumerTrump to lift Sudan terror sponsor designation Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts The 2016 and 2020 Senate votes are about the same thing: constitutionalist judges 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.