December 19, 2019 / 3:26 PM / 3 months ago

Impeachment of Trump sets 'toxic' precedent, U.S. Senate leader says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) looks on at Senator Todd Young (R-IN) after the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 17, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives’ impeachment of President Donald Trump over his handling of Ukraine sets a “toxic” precedent for future U.S. presidents, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday.

“This particular House of Representatives has let its partisan rage at this particular president create a toxic new precedent that will echo well into the future,” McConnell said, adding that House Democrats who control the chamber have failed to do their duty.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell and Lisal Lambert; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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