December 17, 2019 Press Releases

“Juror” No More: McSally Endorses McConnell-White House Trial Coordination

“Juror” No More: Martha McSally Endorses Mitch McConnell’s Plan
To Take Coordinating “Cues” From The White House On Trial

PHOENIX — New Associated Press reporting reveals that despite her promise to be an independent “juror,” Martha McSally has no interest in ensuring a fair trial, and — like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — will take her cues from the White House.

AP reports that in a recent closed-doors GOP meeting, McSally:

  • broke her silence on the issue, and admitted her belief “to GOP activists that the president hadn’t abused his power”;
  • attacked the investigation of evidence, including testimony from the president’s own advisors, that Trump abused the power of his office
  • echoed Mitch McConnell’s strategy on Senate Republican plans to work “closely with the White House” on how best to defend Trump in the Senate’s trial.

“Martha McSally always puts her party leaders and corporate backers first in Washington, so it’s no surprise that McSally wants a partisan, sham trial that will produce the best possible outcome for Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, and her own personal political career,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson.

Key points from AP:

  • “Despite her pledge to objectively review the facts, McSally said Republicans are ‘working closely with the White House’ on the process for impeachment, echoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who said he’s taking his ‘cues’ from the White House as he ensures Trump there will not be the 67 votes needed in the Senate to convict the president.
  • “She said Republicans want to ‘make sure that we continue to highlight the abuse of power’ that Democrats have committed, ‘which is the only abuse of power that we’ve seen going on here,’ apparently referring to the impeachment inquiry.”
  • “She said Republicans are working through the best way to handle a trial ‘without inadvertently planting our own landmines and walking into a minefield.’ ‘If we want to drag in some people, some other people may get dragged in, and, you know, we don’t know how that’s going to go,’ she said.”

Read the full Associated Press story here.