After getting President Donald Trump to support all of his recommendations for the federal courts – including the Supreme Court – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now hinting that he might convict Trump of Incitement of Insurrection in the Senate Trial that will begin soon following Trump’s impeachment by the House of Representatives.
“The bipartisan impeachment vote in the House against President Trump on Wednesday set up a politically explosive reckoning for Senate Republicans, who spent four years enabling Trump’s behavior but in the wake of last week’s Capitol riot are grappling with how — or whether — to punish him with just seven days left in office,” according to The Washington Post.
“The most striking position came from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who said Wednesday that he will consider convicting Trump on inciting the attempted insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6 — a remarkable break between the two men who worked in lockstep for four years, even as the majority leader continually deflected questions about Trump’s untoward conduct and rhetoric. [emphasis added]
“It was also a dramatic shift from his position during Trump’s first impeachment a year ago, when he publicly stressed that he was “not an impartial juror” and privately worked in concert with White House officials to map out the president’s eventual acquittal in the Senate.
“‘While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,’ McConnell said in a message to his colleagues, an excerpt of which was released by his office.”
For more on this story, go to The Washington Post.
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