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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is weighing whether to convict President Donald Trump for his role in inciting last week’s violent riot at the Capitol, Republicans familiar with the GOP leader’s deliberations told Insider.
It’d be an explosive move for the Kentucky Republican that could ultimately lead to Trump becoming the first former president banned from ever again holding federally elected office.
McConnell is said to be enraged at Trump for directing the heavily-armed mob that swarmed the Capitol in protest of Congress certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. He now sees the Democrat-led House effort that culminated Wednesday with a bipartisan 232-197 vote to impeach the president as a potential avenue to rid his party and American politics once and for all of Trump.
“He’s seriously entertaining it,” said one GOP source familiar with the Kentucky Republican’s thinking. “He wants to hear it out.”
McConnell is trying to drum up the necessary 17 Republican votes needed to help convict the president at a Senate trial, according to a source close to the Trump White House. It will be an uphill climb given the outsized role Trump currently has in GOP politics, in particular with a fervent base of conservatives …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics