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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell believes President Donald Trump has committed multiple impeachable offenses and is “pleased” at the idea of Trump being impeached and removed from office, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.
The Democratic-controlled House is expected to vote on impeaching Trump on a charge of inciting an insurrection on the US Capitol on Wednesday. This would make Trump the first president in American history to be impeached twice.
McConnell thinks that Trump being impeached and then potentially convicted and ousted from office by the US Senate “will make it easier to purge him from the party,” The Times said, citing people familiar with his thinking.
McConnell, once one of Trump’s most steadfast allies during his entire presidency and during his first impeachment trial in January 2020, now reportedly plans to never speak to him again over the violence at the Capitol.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, for his part, is personally opposed to impeachment but is open to the idea of formally censuring Trump in Congress, and has talked to colleagues about asking Trump to resign from office before the end of his term on January 20, The Times said.
Unlike in Trump’s first impeachment in December 2019, McCarthy has also notably not “whipped” his caucus against voting for impeachment. Up to a dozen House Republicans could vote to impeach Trump, including Republican Caucus Chair Rep. Liz Cheney, who has been vocally critical of Trump since the insurrection.
Also on Tuesday afternoon, GOP Rep. John Katko of New York became the first House Republican to publicly come out in favor of impeachment. Previously, GOP Rep. Adam Kirzinger of Illinois publicly stated his support for Vice President Mike Pence invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump’s presidential powers.
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Source:: Business Insider