U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is privately saying he supports the impeachment of President Donald Trump, whom he blames for the loss of GOP control of the Senate.
McConnell, who will become Minority Leader next week, “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,” The New York Times reports.
But McConnell refuses to take up the House Article of Impeachment, which is fully expected to pass Wednesday or Thursday at the latest. Democrats in both chambers are demanding Trump be removed from office immediately, after he incited a deadly insurrection. McConnell has steadfastly refused to call the Senate back in to session before its scheduled January 19 return.
It is, however, the first time McConnell has privately signaled support for any action against President Trump. The Kentucky Republican lawmaker has locked his political fortunes to Trump.
McConnell also support censure of Trump, something Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) refuses to consider, saying impeachment is the only recourse.
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AOC Decimates Republicans Too Afraid to Impeach: You ‘Rode the Wave of This Violent Rhetoric’
U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is blasting her House Republican colleagues who privately say they support impeaching President Donald Trump, but are too afraid to do so.
Responding to a tweet from Politico’s chief political correspondent that says some Republicans want to impeach but are getting death threats, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “I get it, but some of us just spent the last 2 years taking stances that have led to repeated attempts on our lives – for demanding guaranteed healthcare, immigrant justice, etc.”
“Sorry if this lacks empathy, but it’s a privilege if this is their first time. They can do one vote.”
“Many of them,” she continued, referring to GOP lawmakers, “rode the wave of this violent rhetoric, or at the very least sat idly by it. Now is our chance to stop it.”
“This is what we are sent to Congress to do – the tough stuff. All the easy choices are taken. If any GOP need advice on how to deal with it, they can call me.”
She wasn’t quite done.
AOC also responded to a video of her blasting any Republican who supports the Confederacy or even hesitates for a second to denounce it, telling them: “maybe you should resign.”
To some of my colleagues who clearly need the reminder: the Confederacy were traitors to our democracy and white supremacists will never win. 🌞
If any of you has trouble with that, maybe you should resign because you’re not ready to run an ant farm, let alone serve in Congress. https://t.co/fiQIVobZNv
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 13, 2021
Outraged, she says in the video that the rioters “flew the Confederate flag for the first time in American history. It didn’t even make it in during the Civil War.”
“And there were Members [of Congress} cheering them on,” she reveals. “You had a Member of Congress, from Colorado, saying, ‘my people are outside.'”
To every Member of Congress who voted to overturn the election, AOC said, “If you so much – if any member of Congress so much as stutters to say that the Confederacy were traitors to the United States, that the Confederacy is a legion of white supremacists, if you so much as stutter to say that, turn in your pin and get out.”
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) January 13, 2021
Watch: Trump Is ‘Clear and Present Danger’ and ‘Will Be Impeached’ in Vote Wednesday or Thursday Says Top House Dem
Powerful House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA) says he expects President Donald Trump “will be impeached” and the vote to impeach will be held Wednesday or Thursday.
“I expect that he will be impeached. He will be the first president in history to be impeached twice,” McGovern told CNN. “What this president did was unconscionable and he needs to be held to account.”
Rep. Jim McGovern: “What this president did is unconscionable, and he needs to be held to account.”pic.twitter.com/vZFGIP8HZM
— The Recount (@therecount) January 11, 2021
Calling Trump “a clear and present danger to this country,” Chairman McGovern called Trump’s words “disgusting,” and said, “I think the American people would rest better if by the time the sun sets today he were no longer in office.”
Rep. Jim McGovern: “This is the beginning of Donald Trump’s last week in office.” pic.twitter.com/MernU2mmjZ
— The Hill (@thehill) January 11, 2021
Democrats are formally introducing one Article of Impeachment today, charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection.”
Democrats to Begin Process of Impeaching Trump for ‘Incitement of Insurrection’ Monday (Text)
House Democrats are moving forward with plans to impeach President Donald Trump, and will begin the official process Monday, NBC News reports. Several Democratic Members of Congress have circulated different sets of Articles of Impeachment but as of Friday afternoon the draft that appears to be supported by leadership consists of just one article: “Incitement of Insurrection.”
The four-page article, which is to be presented before the full House on Monday, says Trump “will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law.”
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confirmed, “Congress will now be introducing articles of impeachment on Monday.”
CNN’s Manu Raju has posted the full text, which was drafted by Reps. David Cicilline, Ted Lieu, and Jamie Raskin.
Latest draft of the articles of impeachment that will be formally introduced on Monday includes one article: “incitement of insurrection.” Reps. Cicilline, Lieu and Raskin are taking the lead pic.twitter.com/DUaVALWgzM
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 8, 2021
Five hours ago Congressman Lieu said there were already 130 co-sponsors.
The Articles of Impeachment, drafted by Rep @davidcicilline, @RepRaskin and me now has 130 cosponsors. We specifically drafted the Articles with a goal of gaining GOP support. We urge Republicans to join us. This is not partisan, it’s about America.#fridaymorning update https://t.co/J6T83izB1a
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 8, 2021
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