Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican colleagues that he will vote to acquit former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, according to a source familiar with the matter.
This came just before Senators voted in favor of allowing witnesses in the second impeachment trial of former President Trump by a vote of 55-45.
Reuters has the story:
“U.S. senators voted on Saturday in favor of allowing witnesses in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, extending the proceedings as lawmakers weigh whether to convict Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
The development came after news that Trump told a top congressional Republican during the deadly assault by his supporters last month that the mob was “more upset” about his election defeat than lawmakers.
The 55-45 vote in favor of allowing witnesses means a decision in the trial is unlikely to come on Saturday. Prior to the vote, closing arguments from the House lawmakers serving as prosecutors and Trump’s defense attorneys had been expected on Saturday after a week-long trial.
A lengthier trial could stymie efforts by Democratic President Joe Biden to move past the controversies surrounding his predecessor and push forward his own legislative agenda on COVID-19 relief and economic revival.
Much of the trial focused on how much Trump knew about the rioters’ actions as they rampaged through Congress on Jan. 6 seeking to prevent lawmakers from certifying Biden’s victory in the November presidential election.
Herrera Beutler, one of 10 in her party who voted last month in the House of Representatives to impeach Trump, recounted in a statement late Friday the details of a call between Trump and the top House Republican, Kevin McCarthy.
“‘Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,’” Beutler quoted Trump as saying. She said Trump initially denied his supporters were involved in the attack, claiming the mob were members of the loosely organized left-wing Antifa movement, a false claim that McCarthy rejected.
Trump, who left office on Jan. 20, is the first U.S. president to be impeached twice and the first to face trial after leaving office. If convicted, the Senate could then vote to bar him from running for office again.
Conviction is seen as unlikely, however, as at least 17 Republicans in the 100-seat chamber would have to join all 50 Democrats to find the former president guilty. Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell will vote to acquit Trump, a source familiar with the situation said on Saturday.”
One can easily guess which five Republican senators voted with the Democrats on this.
The five Republicans who voted to agree to witnesses are the lowest of the low and should be ashamed of themselves.
But as we know they cannot be shamed, since it’s hard to shame traitorous snakes.
The farce continues…
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org