McConnell rejects emergency session for impeachment trial of Trump, says president perpetrated impeachable offenses

by Jenny Mount · Jan 13th, 2021 3:52 pm

Last Updated Jan 17th, 2021 at 8:06 am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected an emergency session for the Senate on the impeachment of President Trump, despite saying that the leader perpetrated impeachable offenses and reportedly believing that House Democrats' move for impeachment is a chance to distance the GOP from Trump.

McConnell has not said if he would vote to convict Trump when the Senate holds an impeachment trial, which would now take place after the inauguration of President-elect Biden. It is currently unclear how many Republicans would vote to convict Trump. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said she wants Trump to resign, and Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska said he would "definitely consider" House impeachment articles.

Speaking out against impeachment Wednesday was Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who said he believes that impeaching Trump now would "do great damage to the institutions of government and could invite further violence."

"If there was a time for America's political leaders to bend a knee and ask for God's counsel and guidance, it is now," Graham said. "The most important thing for leaders to do in times of crisis is to make things better, not worse."

🔦 Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) was the only Republican who cast a vote to oust Trump in February 2020 when the Senate voted against removing him after the House impeached him for pressuring Ukraine to provide political dirt on president-elect Joe Biden.


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