New York Times: Mtich McConnell tells associates he believes Trump committed impeachable offenses

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McConnell is said to be pleased about impeachment, believing it will be easier to purge Trump from the G.O.P.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him, believing that it will make it easier to purge him from the party, according to people familiar with his thinking. The House is voting on Wednesday to formally charge Mr. Trump with inciting violence against the country.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/12/us/mitch-mcconnell-trump-impeachment.html
 
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I'll believe it when he votes yes and not one second before.
 

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McConnell purging the Trumpers is where the rubber meets the road, for the "non-establishment" group.

It's like when you're being sued by someone who has hired an actual lawyer, who went to law school and passed the bar, and you hire your cousin Larry who didn't finish high school. Because, you wanted to "shake things up" in the court room and see what happens.
 

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Liz Cheney announces she will vote to impeach Trump

Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-most-powerful Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced Tuesday that she would be voting to impeach President Trump for his role in last week’s siege of the Capitol.

The Wyoming congresswoman issued a statement late Tuesday in which she said she would vote in favor of an article of impeachment introduced by Democrats that will be brought to a vote on Wednesday.

“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” Cheney wrote in a statement. “Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

https://news.yahoo.com/liz-cheney-trump-impeachment-republican-support-capitol-siege-231352336.html
 

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Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader and one of Mr. Trump’s most steadfast allies in Congress, has asked other Republicans whether he should call on Mr. Trump to resign in the aftermath of the riot at the Capitol last week, according to three Republican officials briefed on the conversations.

While Mr. McCarthy has said he is personally opposed to impeachment, he and other party leaders have decided not to formally lobby Republicans to vote “no,” and an aide to Mr. McCarthy said he was open to a measure censuring Mr. Trump for his conduct. In private, Mr. McCarthy reached out to a leading House Democrat to see if the chamber would be willing to pursue a censure vote, though Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ruled it out.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/01/12/us/impeachment-trump-25th-amendment
 

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If the impeachment charge were to result in a Senate conviction, the Senate could vote to bar the president from holding public office again. Two Senate Republicans had already called on Mr. Trump to resign, and advisers privately speculated that an additional dozen or so could ultimately favor convicting him at trial.

If all senators were voting, 17 Republicans would have to join Democrats to convict Mr. Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors; if they did so, only a majority would be required to disqualify him from being elected again.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/01/12/us/impeachment-trump-25th-amendment
 

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When you have Cheney making declarative, unambiguous condemnations of Trump, and McConnell using surrogates, via the media, to signal some sympathy for impeachment, well...

I am old enough to remember Nixon's downfall. I think there's a fair chance that this means that Trump is being told, subtly, by the Republican establishment, that he'd be far better off if he resigned. He can then leave on his terms, rather than being kicked to the curb.
 

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I'll believe it when he votes yes and not one second before.
I agree with this. I think he realizes that the GOP doesn't want him around in 4 years. Money contributions are going down for a lot of these folks and as we all know, money talks.
 

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It’s got to be hard to be the congressperson from Wyoming. You have to cover the whole state, and run every two years.
 
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