McConnell signals Senate impeachment trial talks stalled until January

McConnell signals Senate impeachment trial talks stalled until January
Mitch McConnell

[Ed. – If not beyond.]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday signaled that talks about the rules on a Trump impeachment trial are in limbo until senators return to Washington in roughly two weeks.

McConnell, asked about potential witnesses while speaking to reporters in Kentucky, demurred saying they would figure out the status of negotiations once Congress comes back next month.

“I think we’ll find out when we come back in session where we are,” McConnell told reporters.

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McConnell’s comments come after lawmakers left town Thursday without a deal on the rules for the proceeding or an agreement on specific witnesses or Ukraine-related documents being pushed for by Democrats.

McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) met for the first time on Thursday to try to reach a deal on the chamber’s rules for an impeachment trial.

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