It’s beginning to look like President Donald Trump may well be removed from office this week, as CNN reports there are enough senators ready to convict Trump for inciting the Capitol riots last week if and when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gives his approval for members to vote their conscience:
“McConnell has been steadily moving his conference away from Trump for weeks. While he knows they all aren’t there with him, the Kentucky Republican believes the party needs to turn the page.
“Several GOP sources said on Tuesday that if McConnell supports conviction, Trump almost certainly will be convicted by 67 senators in the impeachment trial.
“‘If Mitch is a yes, he’s done,’ said one Senate GOP source who asked not to be named.”
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that McConnell is looking to distance the GOP from Trump:
“Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has told associates 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 Wednesday to formally charge Mr. Trump with inciting violence against the country.”
Additionally, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) says she will vote to impeach Trump:
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
All of the momentum in Congress seems to be pointing toward removing Trump from office for the role he played in the storming of the Capitol, but nothing is certain until the votes are counted. Whatever eventually happens, it certainly seems like the last week of Donald Trump’s presidency will be a hectic one.
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