Donald Trump is awaiting his fate in the Senate’s second impeachment trial.
No one could have seen this warning coming.
And Mitch McConnell just gave Donald Trump some bad news about impeachment.
The opening day of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial featured a subpar performance by Trump’s lawyers.
Sean Hannity deemed the presentation “meandering.”
Laura Ingraham called their presentation “terrible.”
But the biggest blow to Trump came from establishment RINO Mitch McConnell.
McConnell let word leak out that he told senators a vote to convict was a “vote of conscience.”
This meant that McConnell and his leadership team would not whip votes to acquit the former president and would instead leave it up to individual senators to judge for themselves.
McConnell planted the nugget that he was considering voting to convict Trump even though McConnell was one of 44 Republican senators to vote to dismiss the articles of impeachment on the basis that it was unconstitutional to hold an impeachment trial for a private citizen.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling to fellow Republicans that the final vote on Donald Trump’s impeachment is matter of conscience and that senators who disputed the constitutionality of the trial could still vote to convict the former president, according to three people familiar with his thinking.
The Kentucky Republican has also suggested that he hasn’t made up his mind how he’ll vote, two of the people said, even though he voted Tuesday to declare it unconstitutional for the Senate to hear the case against a former president.
“Swamp First” Republicans like McConnell and Congresswoman Liz Cheney and Congressman Adam Kinzinger hoped impeachment would be the escape hatch for the GOP from Donald Trump.
McConnell, Cheney and Kinzinger all hoped that the raw emotion from the January 6 riot would be enough to create a groundswell in the Senate Republican conference to convict Trump so the party could go back to the days when Bush/McCain/Romney-style RINOs called the shots.
But those hopes faded as GOP voters saw through the partisan sham of impeachment and stuck by Donald Trump.
That did not mean McConnell was willing to accept the fact that the grassroots Trump supporters still held power in the GOP.
In fact, a few bad hours of legal theater from Trump’s lawyers were enough for McConnell to float another trial balloon about using impeachment to exile Donald Trump and his 75,000,000 voters from the Republican Party.
However, this latest trial balloon burst as soon as McConnell floated it.
Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier reported that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham spoke to Donald Trump and told him that the outcome of the trial was already decided and that the Senate would acquit Trump.
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