McConnell says he has ‘not made a final decision’ on how he will vote on Trump impeachment

McConnell says he has ‘not made a final decision’ on how he will vote on Trump impeachment

Senate
Majority
Leader
Mitch
McConnell
told
Republican
colleagues
Wednesday
that
he
has
“not
made
a
final
decision”
on
how
he
will
vote
on
impeachment,
despite
signaling
that
he
supported
House
Democrats’
move
to
initiate
impeachment
proceedings
against
President
Trump.

“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,”
McConnell
told
Senate
Republicans.


MCCONNELL
FURIOUS
WITH
TRUMP,
SUPPORTS
MOVE
TO
INITIATE
IMPEACHMENT

McConnell’s
comment
comes
after
sources
told
Fox
News
that
McConnell
is
“done”
and
“furious”
with
the
president,
and
as
the
House
considered
an
article
of
impeachment
against
Trump,
saying
he
incited
“insurrection”
ahead
of
the
Capitol
riot
on
Jan.
6. 

One
source
told
Fox
News
on
Tuesday
that
McConnell
does
not
see
House
Democrats’
efforts
to
impeach
Trump
as
a
partisan
exercise
like
the
previous
impeachment
effort
in
2019.

Another
source
told
Fox
News
that McConnell
told
associates
that
impeachment
will
help
rid
the
Republican
Party
of
Trump
and
his
movement.

The
New
York
Times
first
reported
that
McConnell
was
pleased
that
House
Democrats
introduced
an
article
of
impeachment
against
Trump.

A
source
close
to
McConnell
told
Fox
News
that
“nobody
is
pleased
by
anything.” 

Meanwhile,
other
sources
told
Fox
News
that
there
is
“no
love
lost
there.”

Part
of
McConnell’s
anger,
according
to
sources,
is
that
the
Senate
majority
was
lost
to
the
Democrats
just
last
Tuesday
in
the
Georgia
Senate
runoffs,
but
sources
said
that
McConnell
is
extremely
upset
about
the
president’s
actions
Wednesday
leading
up
to
the
riot
at
the
Capitol.

A
McConnell
spokesman
on
Wednesday
said
that
any
impeachment
trial
almost
certainly
will
not
start
until
Trump
has
left
office. 

Democratic
Reps.
Ted
Lieu,
David
Cicilline,
Jamie
Raskin and
Jerrold
Nadler
this
week
introduced
the
articles
of
impeachment
against
Trump,
charging
the
president
with
violating
his
oath
of
office.
Democrats
on
Tuesday
are
also
pushing
a
resolution calling
on
Vice
President
Mike Pence
to
use
the
25th
Amendment
to
remove
Trump
from
office.

The
House
considered
the
article
on
Wednesday. 

“In
his
conduct
while
President
of
the
United
States

and
in
violation
of
his
constitutional
oath
faithfully
to
execute
the
office
of
President
of
the
United
States,
and
to
the
best
of
his
ability,
preserve,
protect,
and
defend
the
Constitution
of
the
United
States,
and
in
violation
of
his
constitutional
duty
to
take
care
that
the
laws
be
faithfully
executed,
Donald
John
Trump
engaged
in
high
Crimes
and
Misdemeanors
by
inciting
violence
against
the
Government
of
the
United
States,”
the
article
reads.

The
article
alleges
that
before
Jan.
6,
the
joint
session
of
Congress
to
certify
the
presidential
election
results,
Trump
“repeatedly
issued
false
statements
asserting
that
the
presidential
election
results
were
the
product
of
widespread
fraud
and
should
not
be
accepted
by
the
American
people
or
certified
by
State
or
Federal
officials.”

The
article
claims
that
before
the
Jan.
6
joint
session the
president
addressed
a
crowd
in
Washington
where
he
“reiterated
false
claims
that
‘we
won
this
election,
and
we
won
it
by
a
landslide,’
and
“willfully
made
statements
that,
in
context,
encouraged

and
foreseeably
resulted
in
–lawless
action
at
the
Capitol.”

The
article
refers
to
Trump’s
statement:
“If
you
don’t
fight
like
hell
you’re
not
going
to
have
a
country
anymore.” 

“Thus
incited
by
President
Trump,
members
of
the
crowd
he
had
addressed,
in
an
attempt
to,
among
other
objectives,
interfere
with
the
Joint
Session’s
solemn
constitutional
duty
to
certify
the
results
of
the
2020
presidential
election,
unlawfully
breached
and
vandalized
the
Capitol,
injured
and
killed
law
enforcement
personnel,
menaced
Members
of
Congress,
the
Vice
President
and
Congressional
personnel,
and
engaged
in
other
violent,
deadly,
destructive,
and
seditious
acts,”
the
article
states.


SENATE
WON’T
RECONVENE
EARLY
TO
START
TRUMP
IMPEACHMENT
TRIAL
BEFORE
TRUMP
LEAVES
OFFICE:
MCCONNELL
SPOKESMAN

The
article
adds
that
Trump’s
conduct
“followed
his
prior
efforts
to
subvert
and
obstruct
the
certification
of
the
2020
Presidential
election,”
referring
to
his
phone
call
earlier
this
month
with
Georgia
Secretary
of
State
Brad
Raffensperger,
where
he
pressured
him
to
“find”
enough
votes
to
overturn
the
state’s
election
results. 

“In
all
this,
President
Trump
gravely
endangered
the
security
of
the
United
States
and
its
institutions
of
Government,”
the
article
states.
“He
threatened
the
integrity
of
the
democratic
system,
interfered
with
the
peaceful
transition
of
power,
and
imperiled
a
coequal
branch
of
Government.” 

The
article
adds
that
he
“betrayed
his
trust
as
President,
to
the
manifest
injury
of
the
people
of
the
United
States.” 

“Donald
John
Trump
thus
warrants
impeachment
and
trial,
removal
from
office,
and
disqualification
to
hold
and
enjoy
any
office
of
honor,
trust,
or
profit
under
the
United
States,”
it
said. 

The
calls
for
Trump’s
removal
come
after
the
president
spoke
at
a
rally
Wednesday,
telling
supporters
that
he
would
“never
concede,”
and
repeated
unsubstantiated
claims
that
the
election
was
“stolen”
from
him
and
that
he
won
in
a
“landslide.”

During
Trump’s
remarks,
he
renewed
pressure
on
Pence
to
swing
the
vote
back
toward
himself.
He
claimed
that
Pence
should
decertify
the
results
of
the
presidential
election
and
send
it
“back
to
the
states,”
claiming
that
if
he
did
that,
Trump
would
be
president
for
another
four
years.

Trump’s
remarks
came
ahead
of
a
joint
session
of
Congress
to
certify
the
results
of
the
presidential
election.
As
members
of
the
House
and
Senate
raised
objections
to
certain
electoral
votes,
both
chambers
called
for
a
recess
and
left
their
chambers
as
pro-Trump
protesters
breached
the
Capitol
building.

Washington
Metro
police
said
the
security
breach
at
the
Capitol
resulted
in
four
deaths
– including
an
Air
Force
veteran who
had
been
shot
inside
the
building
– and
at
least
70
arrests.

Congress
later
returned
and
certified
the
Electoral
College
vote
early
Thursday,
in
favor
of
President-elect
Joe
Biden.

White
House
deputy
chief
of
staff
Dan
Scavino
posted
a
statement
from
the
president
on
Twitter
early
Thursday
morning:
“Even
though
I
totally
disagree
with
the
outcome
of
the
election,
and
the
facts
bear
me
out,
nevertheless
there
will
be
an
orderly
transition
on
January
20th.”

“I
have
always
said
we
would
continue
our
fight
to
ensure
that
only
legal
votes
were
counted,” Trump
said.
“While
this
represents
the
end
of
the
greatest
first
term
in
presidential
history,
it’s
only
the
beginning
of
our
fight
to
Make
America
Great
Again!”

Meanwhile,

President
Trump
acknowledged
that
he
bears
some
blame
for
the

Capitol
riot
last
week
during
a
conversation
with
House
Republican
Leader
Kevin
McCarthy,
a
source
familiar
told
Fox
News.

Two
sources
say
McCarthy,
R-Calif., relayed
the
president’s
sentiment
on
a
call
Monday
with
the
House
GOP
Conference.

McCarthy,
on
the
call
Monday
with
Republicans,
agreed
that
Trump
bore
blame
for
the
unrest,
which
sent
Congress
into
lockdown
as
they
tried
to
certify
the
results
of
the
2020
presidential
election
last
week.

The
White
House
did
not
immediately
respond
to
requests
for
comment. 

The
House
voted
to
impeach
Trump
in
December
2019,
but
the
Senate
acquitted
him
on
both
articles
of
impeachment
– abuse
of
power
and
obstruction
of
Congress
– in
February
2020.

The
House
impeachment
inquiry
began
after
the
president
pressed
Ukrainian
President
Volodymyr
Zelensky during
a
phone
call
in
July
2019 to
look
into
Biden’s role
pressing
for
the
ouster
of
a
Ukrainian
prosecutor
who
had
been
investigating
the
founder
of
Burisma
Holdings
– a
Ukrainian
natural
gas
firm
where
his
son,
Hunter,
sat
on
the
board.

Trump’s
pressure
campaign
against
Ukraine
prompted
a
whistleblower
complaint,
which
resulted
in
the impeachment
inquiry.

The
president’s
request
came
after
millions
in
U.S.
military
aid
to
Ukraine
had
been
frozen,
which
Democrats
cited
as
a
quid
pro
quo
arrangement.


Fox
News’
Mike
Emanuel,
Tyler
Olson
and
Caroline
McKee
contributed
to
this
report. 

Brooke
Singman
is
a
Politics
Reporter
for
Fox
News.
Follow
her
on
Twitter
at
@BrookeSingman.

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