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Tue Jan 12, 2021, 05:39 PM

McConnell is said to be pleased about impeachment, believing it will be easier to purge Trump [View all]

Source: New York Times




Senator Mitch McConnell, 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 fraught and fast-moving nature of the crisis that the party faces in the wake of last week's assault by a pro-Trump mob during a session to formalize President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s electoral victory. As more violent images emerged on Tuesday from the mayhem wrought by the rioters, including of the brutal attack that ultimately killed a Capitol Police officer, and as lawmakers were briefed about threats of more attacks on the Capitol, rank-and-file Republican lawmakers grew angrier about the president's role in the violence.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/12/us/mcconnell-impeachment-trump-mc.html





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