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Former Democratic senator on McConnell impeachment strategy: 'Unfathomable'

Former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: McConnell says he would give Trump-backed coronavirus deal a Senate vote | Pelosi, Mnuchin see progress, but no breakthrough | Trump, House lawyers return to court in fight over financial records Progress, but no breakthrough, on coronavirus relief LGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress MORE’s (R-Ky.) suggestion that he would coordinate with the White House on President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE’s upcoming impeachment trial, calling it “unfathomable” in an interview Saturday with MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid.

“I sat in the last Senate trial 20 years ago, what Sen. McConnell did is just unfathomable to me, it’s just monumentally wrong,” Dorgan said.

“To announce that I’m going to take an oath to be impartial, but I’ve already told the American people that I’m not impartial… that I’m going to be the foreman of the jury in effect, and that I’m going to be on the side of the defendant to get acquittal. That is not the right thing to do, and it gives the American people very little confidence in what’s going to happen in the Senate,” he continued.

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McConnell has not yet committed to a timeline or witnesses for the impeachment trial, telling Fox News Radio “Obviously, I think we've heard enough. After we've heard the arguments, we ought to vote and move on.”

Earlier in December, the Senate majority leader told reporters “I’m not an impartial juror. This is a political process … I’m not impartial at all.”

“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with the White House counsel,” he later told Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump, Biden dial up efforts to boost early voter turnout in Florida Kayleigh McEnany: Twitter had me at 'gunpoint' by locking account Graham holds 6-point lead in Senate race: poll MORE. “There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this to the extent that we can.”

President Trump was impeached in the House earlier this month on two counts: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

Impeachment proceedings began when a whistleblower filed an anonymous complaint to Congress, alleging that the president withheld aid from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden on a July 25 call with the country’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky.