January 13th, 2021
McConnell believes Trump committed impeachable offenses and he is pleased with Democrats impeaching him: New York Times
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell told associates that he believes President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased with Democrats’ decision to impeach him, says a Tuesday report from the New York Times, citing people familiar with McConnell’s thinking.This is despite the fact that the FBI admitted it had info on a plot to attack the Capitol and kill officers. According to Assistant Director Steven M. D'Antuono, the FBI shared this information, and there were attempts to disrupt the travel plans of some of the suspects. The New York Time's official timeline also shows that there were protestors breaching the Capitol perimeter 20 minutes before Trump's speech ended.All this makes it harder to make the case Trump incited the riots, and he has repeatedly denounced them.
Further, as per the report, McConnell said that recent developments would make it easier for the Republican Party to distance itself from Trump.McConnell, who lost his Majority Leader position thanks to the Georgia Senate elections, is looking ahead as the Republican Party attemps to move on past President Trump’s chaotic single term in office. Although some, like Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, are attempting to align closer with President Trump as others seek distance. They are a few of the politicians who oppose impeachment and have spread conspiracies about the election. McConnell has sided with the president often over the last four years but is now afraid that the party associating with Trump after his presidency will spell certain doom for the GOP. His alleged desire to see Trump impeached is a major sea change from his previous actions, causing many on both sides to claim he is acting out of political cowardice.
Also, McConnell said that he plans to look at the language of the impeachment article that House plans to pass Wednesday.
After the recent political events including mob storming the Capitol, impeachment effort is expected to get support from some Republicans as well.Republican representative from Wyoming Liz Cheney announced that she supports the impeachment, claiming Trump "lit the flame of this attack" and that he could have intervened to stop the violence but did not.Representative Cheney ignored the fact that President Trump called in the National Guard to quickly restore order. During his speech, Trump specifically told the crowd that they should "peacefully and patriotically make [their] voices heard." Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona and Chair the House Freedom Caucus declared that Cheney should no longer serve as chair of the Republican conference anymore for her remarks.
McConnell reportedly holds Trump responsible for losing the Senate for Republicans.After the runoff elections in Georgia earlier this month, Democrats have got a slim majority in Senate.
The New York Times also says that Biden called McConnell to ask if Senate would work towards confirming his Cabinet at the same time as a Senate impeachment trial.McConnell reportedly told Biden that he would get back shortly after asking the Senate parliamentarian.The Senate will not reconvene until January 19, just before the inauguration. Doug Andres, speaking on behalf of McConnell, confirmed the Washington Post report that his office would not accept Schumer's proposal for an emergency convening to take up the issue before Trump leaves office.Because of that, it seems possible and indeed likely that the Senate will hold an impeachment trial for President Trump after he is no longer the commander-in-chief.