Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces tough decisions about how to handle the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, after tacitly backing Trump'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 Trump since the November election, suggesting the Kentucky Republican was desperate to prevent Trump 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 Trump 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 Trump 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 Trump.
McConnell has been cagey about how he will handle the trial, but a Republican insider told the New Yorker that Trump 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.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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
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
Loeffler and Perdue (seen above with Mike Pence) both lost their runoffs on January 5
Trump 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, Trump 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 Trump for fear of splitting the Republican Party.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer