While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds on to the impeachment articles, looking to bargain them for a “fair” Senate trial for Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been calling out Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not being an “impartial juror.”
However, recently uncovered footage from 1999 shows that Schumer had no problems saying that he and his Democrat colleagues didn’t need to be impartial — like a jury would — since impeachment trials are “not a criminal trial” and “quite different than a jury.”
“This is not a criminal trial,” Schumer told Larry King in 1999, according to Mediaite. “But this is something that the Founding Fathers decided to put in a body that was susceptible to the whims of politics.”
“It is not like a jury box in the sense that people will call us and lobby us. You don’t have jurors called and lobbied. It’s quite different than a jury,” Schumer added.
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski — who re-released the buried, 20-year-old video — talked with anchor Martin Savidge, revealing how Schumer has completely flipped his position.
“What we’re seeing with Schumer is it’s very similar to what McConnell was saying just last week, where he was saying I’m not an impartial juror,” Kaczynski said. “He got attacked basically by the RNC, by his opponent, by a lot of people saying he had pre-judged the case. As we saw in the clip from Larry King in 1999, Schumer said this is not like a jury, we come to this with our pre-opinions.”
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