Democratic congressman: McConnell is making a 'mockery of the entire system' with impeachment approach

Democratic congressman: McConnell is making a 'mockery of the entire system' with impeachment approach
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Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill How campaigns are adapting to coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Three states holding primaries despite coronavirus MORE III (D-Mass.) said Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes McConnell: Pelosi trying to 'jam' Senate on fourth coronavirus relief bill On The Money: House Dems push huge jobs project in wake of coronavirus | Trump leans on businesses in virus response | Lawmakers press IRS to get relief checks to seniors MORE (R-Ky.) saying he would not be impartial in President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE’s Senate impeachment trial “makes a mockery of the entire system.”

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Kennedy defended Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar Overnight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes McConnell: Pelosi trying to 'jam' Senate on fourth coronavirus relief bill MORE’s (D-Calif.) delay in sending the two articles of impeachment approved by the House to the GOP-controlled Senate.

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“Yes. Do I believe there’s an urgency to do this? Absolutely. But … there’s a two-part process to this,” Kennedy told CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperIllinois governor: Federal government sent wrong type of masks CNN's Jake Tapper spars with Trump on Twitter: 'Utter nonsense' Biden says he has not been tested for coronavirus: I've had 'no symptoms' MORE.

“You don’t go through the first part in the House and then just tee this up for a Senate process where the guy that is going to be in charge of orchestrating the entire Senate trial has said that the whole thing is already baked and cooked and there’s nothing that anybody can do about it,” he added. “You don’t go and do that. That makes a mockery of the entire system.”

“I would hope that Mr. McConnell would understand the weight of the responsibility that is coming down on his shoulders and the shoulders of the United States Senate,” Kennedy continued, citing an op-ed by Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyDemocratic senators ask Pompeo to provide coronavirus aid to Palestinian territories Mnuchin emerges as key asset in Trump's war against coronavirus Lawmakers brace for more coronavirus legislation after trillion bill MORE (D-Vt.) saying the legitimacy of the Senate was on trial as well as the president.

“I would hope that the Senate Majority Leader would understand that as well,” Kennedy added.