McConnell Informs GOP Senators He Will Vote To Acquit Trump

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ahead of the possible final day of the Senate impeachment trial on Saturday said he will vote to acquit former President Donald Trump, according to an email announcement informing Republican Senators of his decision.

The Kentucky Republican had said for weeks, both publicly and in private, that he was keeping an open mind in deciding whether he would vote to convict Trump – a stark difference from how he handled the former president’s first impeachment trial where he worked in concert with the White House to ensure the president was acquitted.

But after initially saying he’d keep an open mind, McConnell indicated he’d likely stick with his Republicans conference after voting twice that the trial should be halted on Constitutional grounds.

His vote announcement, which came before most of his conference, could send a signal to other Republicans who have stayed mum about how they will vote.

McConnell had remained silent throughout the proceedings and, unlike his colleagues, did not take any notes or make any reactions to the days of presentations. He also ignored questions from reporters throughout the trial.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ahead of the possible final day of the Senate impeachment trial said he vote to acquit former President Donald Trump, according to an email announcement informing Republican senators his decision.

The Kentucky Republican had said for weeks, both publicly and in private, that he was keeping an open mind in deciding whether he would vote to convict Trump – a stark difference from how he handled the former president’s first impeachment trial where he worked in concert with the White House to ensure the president was acquitted.

But after initially saying he’d keep an open mind, McConnell indicated he’d likely stick with his Republicans conference after voting twice that the trial should be halted on Constitutional grounds.

His vote announcement, which came before most of his conference, could send a signal to other Republicans who have stayed mum about how they will vote.

McConnell had remained silent throughout the proceedings and, unlike his colleagues, did not take any notes or make any reactions to the days of presentations. He also ignored questions from reporters throughout the trial.

After the Jan. 6 attack, McConnell issued a striking condemnation of Trump, saying “the mob was fed lies” and “were provoked by the president.”

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02.16.21 9:07 PM

[…] system. However, just moments before his remarks, McConnell joined the group of 43 GOP Senators in voting to acquit the former president, saying he believes Trump couldn’t be convicted as a former […]

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