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Sen. Kennedy defends McConnell for working with president during impeachment trial

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) defended Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for working with President Trump as he prepares for the impeachment trial in the Senate. 

The Louisiana senator reacted to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) comment that she was “disturbed” by McConnell’s remarks that he would be in “total coordination” with the White House throughout the impeachment trial.

“I think Senator McConnell is entitled to his opinion and his approach. So is Sen. Murkowski, so is Sen. Schumer,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union,” referring to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Kennedy added that the Constitution, the rules in the Senate and past impeachments show that “there’s virtually no substantive rules” when it comes to impeachment trials.

“I can only speak for me,” he said. “I’m going to keep an open mind. I’m going to be fair to both sides.”

The Louisiana Republican called the House impeachment proceedings “unnecessarily unfair” and said he hopes the Senate trial provides a “level playing field” 

The House impeached the president on two articles after a months-long inquiry. The Senate will try Trump in January but its Republican majority is unlikely to vote to remove him.

McConnell has said he does not intend to be impartial during the hearing, which has sparked concerns among Senate Democrats about the fairness of the trial. The Senate majority leader has also rejected the Democrat push for more witnesses and documents.

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