Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will vote to acquit former President Trump.
“While a close call, I am persuaded that impeachments are a tool primarily of removal and we therefore lack jurisdiction,” McConnell wrote.
BREAKING: AP source: Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell tells colleagues he'll vote to acquit Trump in impeachment trial. https://t.co/jZRh3yVNsc
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 13, 2021
Per Politico “That position puts McConnell in line with the votes he and 43 other GOP senators already cast, declaring Trump’s second trial unconstitutional. But the Republican leader, who has not spoken to Trump for weeks, suggested that criminal prosecution of the former president could be appropriate as a remedy following the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.”
Many were not sure of how McConnell would vote as he wrote prior to the trial to fellow Republicans “The Constitution makes it perfectly clear that Presidential criminal misconduct while in office can be prosecuted after the President has left office, which in my view alleviates the otherwise troubling ‘January exception’ argument raised by the House.”