Speculation is growing that a Republican from Kentucky is planning to once again betray the president by supporting his latest impeachment.
The GOP’s unverified defeat at the Georgia runoff election is widely expected to result in Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) supporting House Democrats in impeaching President Donald Trump a second time.
McConnell is reportedly “done” and “furious” with the president for causing Republicans to lose their majority in the Senate, and allegedly believes Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will replace him as Senate majority leader.
Sources told Fox News that McConnell considers blackmailing President Trump would not only vent his frustration with losing the Senate majority leadership but also help distance the Republican Party from the incumbent altogether.
“[One] source told Fox News that McConnell told associates that impeachment will help rid the Republican Party of Trump and his movement,” Fox News chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel and politics reporter Brooke Singman said.
However, the Senate majority leader would take no pleasure in supporting impeachment proceedings.
“A source close to McConnell told Fox News that ‘nobody is pleased by anything,'” Emanuel and Singman said. “Meanwhile, other sources told Fox News that there is ‘no love lost there.'”
McConnell openly expressed dissatisfaction with the president’s strategy to exhaust all congressional and legal avenues to challenge the November election outcome. He believes the party would save face if President Trump conceded and let Joe Biden take control of the White House without a fight.
“If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral,” he said in a video shared on Twitter. “We would never see the whole nation except an election again. Every four years would be a scramble for power at any cost.”
He also believes giving President Trump another four years in office through overturning the election result would set a dangerous precedent.
“The Electoral College, which most of us on this side have been defending for years, would cease to exist leaving many of our states with no real say at all in choosing a president,” he said. “The effects would go even beyond the elections themselves.”
McConnell quickly abandoned hopes of the GOP holding onto the White House, and made peace with who he called “president-elect” Joe Biden and “vice president-elect” Kamala Harris on Dec. 15.
“The Electoral College has spoken, so today I want to congratulate president-elect Joe Biden,” he said according to Reuters.
McConnell then suggested he knew Biden very well and commended him on spending 40 years in public office.
“The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate, he has devoted himself to public service for many years,” he said.
He also welcomed Harris for becoming the nation’s second-in-command and adding gender diversity to the so-called Biden administration.