According to CNN, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was reportedly approached by top Republicans and former White House officials to facilitate the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
“Mitch said to me he wants Trump gone,” a Republican member of Congress reportedly told CNN. “It is in his political interest to have him gone. It is in the GOP interest to have him gone. The question is, do we get there?” The CNN report said the lobbying for impeachment started in the House after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and began to focus on McConnell after the House’s impeachment vote.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will deliver an impeachment article to the Senate against Trump on Monday.
Schumer said there would be a trial to impeach Trump in a floor speech and that Pelosi would deliver the impeachment article next week after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed giving Trump until February to get ready for his Senate impeachment trial.
“I have spoken to Speaker Pelosi who informed me that the articles will be delivered to the Senate on Monday,” Schumer said.
On Tuesday, the Republican leader said that Trump and his allies were responsible for causing rioters to storm the Capitol and commit acts of vandalism that postponed the certification process for the electoral college.
Schumer made it clear that, in a speech on Tuesday, he would move forward with the impeachment of Trump. He also called Trump the most “chaotic and divisive president that can ever be remembered.”
McConnell, who has not ruled out voting to convict Trump in a Senate vote, said Trump was directly responsible for provoking the rioters and went on to mention President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris’ inauguration.
“The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals who tried to stop Congress from doing our duty. This mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like. But we pressed on,” McConnell said.
The House vote on Jan. 13 was 232-197 with 10 Republicans, including Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, and New York Rep. John Katko, voting to impeach Trump.