McConnell rebuffs Democrats' call for speedy impeachment trial, but is undecided on convicting Trump
January 13, 2021 at 20:30
(CNN) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rejecting Democratic calls to bring the Senate back immediately to convict President Donald Trump, a decision that is likely to allow the President to serve out his final days in office.
McConnell's office made that clear to Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's aides on Wednesday, according to Republican officials, meaning an impeachment trial won't begin until the early days of Joe Biden's presidency.
The news comes as McConnell has privately indicated that he believes impeaching Trump would be the way to rid him from the party, a dramatic break between the top Republican who has worked in tandem with the Republican President over the last four years.
McConnell sent a note to his Republican colleagues Wednesday afternoon on impeachment, writing that "while the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate."
But McConnell is furious, sources say, over Trump's incitement of the violent riots that turned deadly at the US Capitol last week, and he also blames Trump for the party's failure to hold the two Georgia Senate seats, losses that will send him and Republicans into the minority in the Senate for the next two years.