Another person with direct knowledge of the matter told CNN that McConnell had a reason to remain silent during the impeachment, because other Republicans had already backed down: he was against supporters of the president last week. The anger at the attack on the U.S. Capitol even made Trump show no remorse. When he left the choice to support impeachment, his silence was intentional.
McConnell made no promises to vote for Trump’s conviction, and hopes to read this article before voting. This is in stark contrast to the President’s first impeachment, when McConnell repeatedly expressed his opposition to the Democratic Party’s intentions and demanded Trump to be responsible for the pressure campaign of the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden and his family.
McConnell has been steadily removing his meetings from Trump. Although he knows that no one is by his side, the Kentucky Republican Party believes that the party needs to turn a page.
Several Republican sources said Tuesday that if McConnell supports the conviction, Trump will almost certainly be convicted by 67 senators in the impeachment case.
A Senate Republican source who asked not to be named said: “If Mitch is affirmative, he is done.”
Many Republican senators remain silent on whether they will continue their convictions-which also shows that they can also support the convictions to get Trump out of the party.
Multiple sources told CNN that the relationship between the Senate majority leader and the president has basically collapsed, and the relationship between the two most powerful people in the Republican Party has collapsed.
A source familiar with the relationship between the two told CNN that McConnell was angry with Trump. Sources said that McConnell “hates” Trump because of what he did after the attack on the Capitol last week, at least five people were killed, including Capitol Hill police.
Since the riots last Wednesday, Trump and McConnell have still not spoken. Another person familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. According to another source, because of McConnell’s Lou’s statement in December that he recognized Biden as president-elect, neither of them spoke.
A third source told CNN that McConnell could not call Trump when he refused to sign the stimulus bill during Christmas. Thereafter, after the stimulus circus, McConnell told others that he would no longer talk to Trump.
McConnell also spoke with the president-elect on how to deal with Trump’s impeachment trial.
Biden is not trying to stop the impeachment program, but he is trying to prevent the impeachment program from consuming his agenda and concealing his early presidency. CNN learned that Biden called McConnell on Monday to discuss the possibility of “forking”-conducting impeachment proceedings, confirming its nominee and approving a comprehensive Covid relief package.
People familiar with the matter said that the two men spoke frankly about the possible impeachment trial of Trump because they both pointed out that it was very different from the trial of then President Bill Clinton in 1999.
People familiar with the matter said that McConnell told Biden that Senate members would have to decide whether the Senate could carry out legislative work other than impeachment, adding that McConnell did not present his own views.
When Biden received the second Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, he publicly raised the idea. He said he has been talking to lawmakers. He did not reveal that McConnell was one of them.
The New York Times first reported on Biden McConnell’s call.
This story is discontinued and will be updated.
CNN’s Devan Cole contributed to this story.