McConnell racing away from Trump as impeachment vote nears

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) |  Photo: U.S. Senate

Updated: January 13, 2021 03:05 PM
Created: January 13, 2021 12:59 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said in a note to his fellow Republican senators that he is undecided on whether President Donald Trump should be convicted if the House votes to impeach him. 
McConnell said in the letter Wednesday: “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.  ”If the House impeaches President Donald Trump, a Senate trial on whether to convict him of inciting insurrection seems all but certain to have to wait until President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated. 
That’s the word from a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The spokesman says aides to the Kentucky Republican have told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's staff that McConnell won’t agree to invoke powers calling senators into emergency session. 
That means the Senate almost certainly won’t meet again until Jan. 19. That's the day before Biden’s inauguration.
A Republican strategist says McConnell is telling people that he thinks Trump perpetrated impeachable offenses. McConnell also sees House Democrats’ drive to impeach Trump as an opportune moment to distance the GOP from the tumultuous, divisiveness outgoing president. McConnell's view is significant because he will be Washington's most powerful Republican once Democrat Joe Biden takes office next week as president.

McConnell's thinking emerged as the Democratic-led House moved toward a Wednesday vote certain to result in Trump's impeachment over his incitement of supporters who stormed the Capitol last week. 

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