The seven impeachment managers face a hostile jury in the 53-seat GOP majority Senate.
With a handful of Republican incumbents facing difficult reelections in November, McConnell wants a clean, quick trial to protect their political fortunes as well as his own.
CNN reporter Manu Raju asked McSally a straightforward question about the pending impeachment trial of President Trump.
The initial phase was a scripted affair, with the articles delivered to the Senate. Opening statements are set for next week.
Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel said in a statement he is disappointed and frustrated that the secretary of state has not clarified “wildly muddled” explanations from the Trump administration.
The House and Senate leaders — throwbacks to a different era — have the implicit trust of their respective caucuses.
Just eight Democrats opposed the resolution that passed amid fears of a third war in the Middle East. Three Republicans and one independent backed the measure.
For weeks, House Republicans complained about what they saw as a flawed investigative process, while Democrats focused on what they unearthed. Now the sides have flipped.
The former schoolteacher and wife of former congressman Patrick J. Kennedy said in an announcement video that “too many of our leaders have lost their moral compass.”
The House speaker informed Democrats in a letter just hours after Trump indicated that his tweets are sufficient notification to Congress of any possible military strike.