While President Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have been allies on several key issues, tensions have reportedly been rising behind the scenes for years.
That animosity appears to have reached a new level this week, according to reports that claim the top Senate Republican supports Democrats in their latest move to impeach the president.
“Traumatic and entirely avoidable”
The Democratic-led House of Representatives succeeded in making Trump the only president to have been impeached twice on Wednesday — with the support of 10 Republican legislators.
Sources reportedly familiar with the situation asserted that McConnell has privately remarked that Trump committed impeachable offenses prior to last week’s riot on Capitol Hill.
McConnell’s wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, announced her resignation the day after the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol building.
In a letter, Chao explained: “Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed. As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.”
According to the Washington Examiner, McConnell is not the only Republican leader showing support for impeachment.
“Will vote to impeach the president”
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, the House’s third-highest ranking GOP member, declared her intent to vote for impeachment ahead of Wednesday’s vote.
“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled this mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” she said in a letter. “Everything that followed was his doing. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not.”
Making her desires clear, she claimed that there “has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” declaring that she “will vote to impeach the president.”
Another House Republican who is actively seeking Trump’s ouster is Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who last week called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.
In reference to the Capitol Hill riot, he expressed the opinion that “the president abdicated his duty to protect the American people and the people’s house, he invoked and inflamed passions that only gave fuel to the insurrection that we saw.”