McConnell holds Trump’s fate as impeachment heads to Senate

Historian weighs in on the use of pardons

The announcement came only hours after the U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time.

Fox News host Sean Hannity urged Republican senators to "stop enabling these psychotic, mentally unhinged Democratic socialists", and reject their impeachment "madness" when it reaches the Senate next week.

AgenciesTrump is the only president ever to be impeached twice. "You shouldn't be a part of this circus".

Just one week before he will leave office, Trump has now become the first USA president to be impeached twice.

Trump's impeachment trial a year ago lasted nearly three weeks.

Tuesday the New York Times reported that McConnell "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".

A newly elected Republican member of Congress says she'll file articles of impeachment against President-elect Joe Biden on January 21, one day after his inauguration.

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But impeachment alone won't prevent Trump from seeking office in the future.

Trump himself tried to appeal to Republican holdouts with multiple statements Wednesday opposing violence and disavowing the mob that stormed the Capitol on his behalf.

Karl Rove, the former White House chief of staff to President George W. Bush, recently told Fox News that he thought it was important that Democrats let Mr Trump fade into irrelevance and disgrace on his own, and not go ahead with a second impeachment.

A record 10 Republican House members, led by Rep Liz Cheney (R-Wy) voted to Impeach Trump, citing not only his inciting the insurrection, but also his responses both during and after the insurrection.

Another Republican from the same state, Jaime Beutler, said she too would vote for impeachment even though she feared she would be targeted by Trump supporters for doing so.

"He's in self-pity mode", the source said, with Trump complaining he's been under siege for five years and he views this latest impeachment as a continuation of that. "President-elect Biden's team will be receiving daily briefings on the security and operational preparations to ensure the transition unfolds smoothly".

If the Senate votes to convict Trump - an outcome that is far from certain - he likely would be barred from holding any federal office again.

That allows Trump to finish his term without being removed from office.

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