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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces tough decisions about how to handle the impeachment trial of Donald , after tacitly backing 's election fraud claims before finally denouncing him after the U.S. Capitol riot.

An article in the New Yorker on Saturday examines McConnell's tense relationship with since the November election, suggesting the Kentucky Republican was desperate to prevent from pulling support from the GOP's two candidates in the January 5 Senate runoffs.

'He knew he had to keep the team together for Georgia,' a former Administration official close to McConnell's circle told the magazine. 'For him, being Majority Leader was the whole ballgame. It's hard to overstate. It's pretty obvious that for McConnell one of the reasons he was so indulgent of was Georgia.'

After the Republicans lost both Georgia seats, and their Senate majority, at least 16 Republican senators would have to side with Democrats to secure an impeachment of .

McConnell has been cagey about how he will handle the trial, but a Republican insider told the New Yorker that provoked the senator's fury with a secret meeting at Mar-a-Lago to demand Republican Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue back his unfounded election fraud claims.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces tough decisions about how to handle the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, and is reportedly furious over the Georgia runoffs

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces tough decisions about how to handle the impeachment trial of Donald , and is reportedly furious over the Georgia runoffs

A Republican insider says Trump held a secret meeting at Mar-a-Lago to demand Republican Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue back his unfounded election fraud claims

A Republican insider says held a secret meeting at Mar-a-Lago to demand Republican Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue back his unfounded election fraud claims

Loeffler and Perdue (seen above with Mike Pence) both lost their runoffs on January 5

Loeffler and Perdue (seen above with Mike Pence) both lost their runoffs on January 5

Days before the runoff election forced Perdue to leave the campaign trail for a secret meeting at Mar-a-Lago, the insider said, calling a 'thug'.

threatened to withhold his support for Loeffler and Perdue, and refused to campaign for them unless they joined his attacks on Georgia's election officials, the insider said. 

At the Mar-a-Lago meeting, the person said, not only demanded support for his election fraud claims but pressured Purdue to back his demand for $2,000 individual stimulus checks, an amount McConnell had rejected.  

Some political observers told the magazine that they expected McConnell to avoid convicting for fear of splitting the Republican Party.

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