Former Democratic senator on McConnell impeachment strategy: 'Unfathomable'

Former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Trump signs T coronavirus relief package Pelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing MORE’s (R-Ky.) suggestion that he would coordinate with the White House on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools 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.


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 HannityOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing Hillary Clinton on US leading in coronavirus cases: Trump 'did promise "America First"' Cuomo pushes back on Trump over ventilators: 'I operate on facts' 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.