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Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell has come under fire from Democrats and at least a Republican, for his coordination with the White house on the impending impeachment proceedings-but the outrage with a view to the fact that the Democrats take a similar approach with President Bill Clinton during his 1999 trial in the Senate.
McConnell, R-Ky., stirred a hornets’ nest when he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity earlier this month that he was “coordinating” with the White house and that “there is no difference between the President, the position, and our position, how you can deal with.”
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“Everything that I did during this, I will, in coordination with the White House counsel,” he said.
This remark sparked outrage from Democrats, with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, describes McConnell as “out of line”.
“Like I said, the discussion in this type of situation is out of the question at all,” Schumer told CNN. To say, “are you going to do exactly what the President wants, is completely out of the line and Mitch McConnell received a lot of criticism is justified.”
It recently moved to barbs from at least one moderate Republican, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski.
“When I heard that, I was upset,” Murkowski told local NBC affiliate KTUU in an interview that aired Tuesday evening. “For me, it means that we have to take that step back from the hand-in-glove ” with the defense, and so I listened to what was said leader McConnell to think I happened to be the, the more confused.”
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But whether or not-Senate-leaders should charge appears to be in coordination with the White house, McConnell, to follow a precedent during the Clinton in 1999.
According to then-Washington Post reporter Peter Baker’s book, “The breach: Inside the impeachment and trial of William Jefferson Clinton,” Senate Democrats related issues coordinated with the White house on a number of impeachment behind the scenes.
According to Baker, that one of these agreements involved White House Counsel Charles Ruff to arrange a “secret signal” with the Democratic leadership. To put if Ruff wanted to resist, none of the Republican house Manager, something not permitted under the rules, he arranged with the then Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, the assistant of a senator to ask a question, then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist asks the White house to respond.
Helpers according to reports, would “fill in the name of” one of several “Standard-senators” – as Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and then-Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. — who had agreed to allow “in this way are used.”
The book also detailed, such as sen Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, spoke to Clinton and helped organize a pressure campaign to defeat Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine., To say goodbye to attempt to “findings of fact” with which the Senate could vote a majority of about whether or not Clinton lied under oath and obstructed the discovery of evidence, even if the chamber failed to convict him. Baker described how Clinton “to be tracked Harkin in the Democratic cloakroom during a break in the trial to air his outrage,” what’s cooking Collins.
“Harkin needed no persuasion,” Baker wrote. “He had immediately recognized plan the harmful effects of the results and to try to destroy you, before it’s too far.”
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“The injury” is outlined to help, as Daschle recruited “a crew of Democratic lawyers, small holes in the [pro-impeachment] case.” The democratic leader warned also to dismiss the White house against the filing of a motion, the case.
Baker also described how the biggest debate in Daschle’s office centers on whether or not to direct questions to the house Manager at all.
“Instead, the Democrats decided that it was better to focus on sending softball questions to the White house lawyers, so that they failed to score rhetorical points,” he said.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.