Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, walks to the Senate Chambers in the Capitol building on Wednesday. Credit Erin Schaff/The New York Times
New York Times: McConnell is said to be pleased about impeachment, believing it will be easier to purge Trump from the G.O.P.
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him, believing that it will make it easier to purge him from the party, according to people familiar with his thinking. The House is voting on Wednesday to formally charge Mr. Trump with inciting violence against the country.
At the same time, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader and one of Mr. Trump’s most steadfast allies in Congress, has asked other Republicans whether he should call on Mr. Trump to resign in the aftermath of the riot at the Capitol last week, according to three Republican officials briefed on the conversations.
While Mr. McCarthy has said he is personally opposed to impeachment, he and other party leaders have decided not to formally lobby Republicans to vote “no,” and an aide to Mr. McCarthy said he was open to a measure censuring Mr. Trump for his conduct. In private, Mr. McCarthy reached out to a leading House Democrat to see if the chamber would be willing to pursue a censure vote, though Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ruled it out.
Taken together, the stances of Congress’s two top Republicans — neither of whom has said publicly that Mr. Trump should resign or be impeached — reflected the politically challenging and fast-moving nature of the crisis that the party faces after the assault by a pro-Trump mob during a session to formalize President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s electoral victory.
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Update: McConnell believes impeachment push will help rid Trump from the GOP, but has not said if he will vote to convict (CNN)
WNU Editor: Regular readers of this blog know what I think about the New York Times and their use of anonymous sources when it comes to President Trump …. they have a history of always being wrong.
But is the New York Times right for once?
I do not know what is in U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s mind. But I do know that the Republican base has always been consistent in their overwhelming support of President Trump. 75 million of them voted for him in the last Presidential election, and that support has not wavered. But has U.S. Senator McConnell made the decision to not only going against his party’s base …. but to also purge much of it?!?!?!?
Purging your base is a guarantee that your political party will be annihilated in any future elections.
Is that the legacy that Senator Mitch McConnell wants to leave behind? I have my doubts, but we shall see.
Update #2: There are currently three House Republicans that support impeaching President Trump …. Three U.S. House Republicans declare support for impeaching Trump (Reuters).
I also estimate that a minimum of four Republican Senators will support impeachment …. US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Says This Is How A Second Impeachment Of President Trump Would Play Out In Senate (January 9, 2021).