Aside from judicial nominations and a few other Republican priorities, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and President Donald Trump haven’t been entirely on the same page agenda-wise but have at least working toward similar goals for the American people.
That doesn’t appear to be the case anymore, however, after word got out that an angry McConnell was “done” with Trump and would potentially support the new Democrat-mounted impeachment effort against the president, Fox News reported.
McConnell considering impeachment
Although the media’s reports about McConnell’s intentions regarding Trump are based on anonymous sources, it does appear that any sort of congenial relationship between the president and Senate leader is over.
According to one unnamed source, McConnell has quietly expressed his support for the new impeachment effort against Trump in relation to the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot, while another source suggested McConnell supported the effort because he views it as a means to fully rid the Republican Party of the president’s influence.
The New York Times reported that McConnell was secretly “pleased” by the impeachment effort, but another source told Fox News that “nobody is pleased by anything.” However, still another source insisted that, when it comes to McConnell and Trump, there was “no love lost there.”
What it all boils down to, according to the anonymous sources, is that McConnell is “furious” with Trump over what happened at the Capitol and he blames the president for both Republican senators losing to their Democratic challengers in the special runoff races in Georgia just one day prior to the Capitol building riot.
Will he or won’t he?
There has been some contradiction and push back against all of that speculation. According to Axios, McConnell made it clear Wednesday that he wouldn’t reconvene the Senate to address the new impeachment articles until Trump had already left office on Jan. 20.
As to rumors of his support for impeachment and purported plan to vote to convict Trump in a trial, McConnell reportedly wrote in a memo to his Republican colleagues, “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.”
That coincides with a report from The Hill that McConnell, despite receiving pressure from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to take up the impeachment effort this week, was in no hurry to do so and would let it lay until after Biden was in office and Trump was already gone.
Graham takes shot at McConnell
According to Business Insider, McConnell’s mere consideration of impeachment was sharply criticized by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
“The House impeachment process seeks to legitimize a snap impeachment totally void of due process. No hearings. No witnesses. It is a rushed process that, over time, will become a threat to future presidents,” Graham said. “As to Senate leadership, I fear they are making the problem worse, not better.”
“To my Republican colleagues who legitimize this process, you are doing great damage not only to the country, the future of the presidency, but also to the party,” he added, in what appeared to be a swipe at McConnell and any other Republican entertaining the Democrats’ latest punitive attack on the president.