Senator Mitch McConnell has reportedly told associates that he believes that President Trump has committed impeachable offenses and believes that it will ultimately make it easier to “purge” him from the Republican party. However, another Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy has come out in opposition of impeachment and said other party leaders will not formally lobby Republicans to vote no to impeachment. [Keep Reading: REPORT: House GOP Won’t Lobby Against Trump Impeachment]
The New York Times reports:
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.
Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, has indicated that he wants to see the specific article of impeachment that the House is set to approve on Wednesday, which is expected to draw support from as many as a dozen Republicans, potentially including Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 in the House. But he has made clear in private discussions that he believes now is the moment to move on the weakened lame duck, whom he blames for causing Republicans to lose the Senate.
On Monday, Mr. Biden telephoned Mr. McConnell to ask whether it was possible to set up a dual track that would allow the Senate to confirm Mr. Biden’s cabinet nominees and hold a Senate trial at the same time, according to officials briefed on the conversation who disclosed it on condition of anonymity. Far from avoiding the topic of impeaching Mr. Trump, Mr. McConnell said it was a question for the Senate parliamentarian, and promised Mr. Biden a quick answer.
The House will convene Wednesday to vote on whether to formally charge President Trump with inciting the violence which took place in the Capitol.