Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) falsely claimed on Tuesday that his proposed impeachment trial rules are the same rules that were used in former President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial -- and he's getting raked over the coals for it.
Attorney Neal Katyal in particular called out McConnell for not issuing any guarantee about securing documents in witnesses for the trial that could offer more insight into President Donald Trump's actions.
"He will do anything, and say anything, to try to prevent the American people from learning the truth," Katyal wrote of McConnell. "It should be simple -- if the President’s behavior was perfect and beautiful, why are they so afraid of documents and witnesses?"
McConnell argument thus boomerangs. It demonstrates that he will do anything, and say anything, to try to prevent… https://t.co/9x6s8A2KhL— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal) 1579629004.0
Other political observers had less charitable analyses of McConnell's opening speech -- and one even called him a "lying weasel."
Check out more reactions below.
When #MidnightMoscowMitch compares these #ImpeachmentTrialRules to those used for Bill Clinton, he is missing 2 imp… https://t.co/L3ODydlzGw— John Ziegler (@John Ziegler) 1579629189.0
This dishonest lecture from McConnell about how they are just following the Clinton precedent is an exact parallel… https://t.co/cnkNb4ATO5— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1579628583.0
McConnell's message. It's fair to take the things I like from the Clinton model and fair to change the things I thi… https://t.co/U4RfCocX7m— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart) 1579628679.0
seems all too fitting that Trump’s impeachment trial should commence as a McConnell coverup operation on the tenth… https://t.co/L4fsFEga61— Philip Gourevitch (@Philip Gourevitch) 1579628447.0
Mitch McConnell is standing on the Senate floor, lying. #ImpeachmentTrial— Darlene McDonald (@Darlene McDonald) 1579628478.0
Wow. Astonishing how deeply @senatemajldr is willing to twist reality to show his alliegance to party over our peop… https://t.co/fiVuB1D6RU— Steve Blum (@Steve Blum) 1579628987.0
McConnell is such a lying weasel— Pat Bagley (@Pat Bagley) 1579628365.0