Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Majority Leader, has told associates that he believes President Trump committed imputable crimes, according to a report published Tuesday in the New York Times. Citing people familiar with McConnell’s thinking, the newspaper said McConnell, who has thus far maintained a disciplined silence on Trump’s role in the uprising on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, is also “pleased that Democrats are moving to accuse him, believing it will make it easier. ” to purge him from the party. ”
The Democratic-led House is expected to consider Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday after party leaders asked Trump to step aside and asked Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to at least temporarily impeach Trump, both without success. While supporters say the impeachment article is likely to pass the House, Trump’s fate in the Senate is less clear. Some Republican senators have expressed support or interest in the conviction, but Democrats would need more than 15 to cross in support to impeach Trump.