It looks like Mitch McConnell will vote to acquit Trump in second impeachment trial, as day five gets underway today. This could have gone either way. McConnell has condemned Trump for the Capitol nonsense and his wife quit as Transportation Secretary under President Trump in protest. Yesterday Trump’s defense rested. The vote should come today but there is no sign there are the votes – or the stomach – for finding a citizen guilty. There is every chance the case will go to the criminal courts, but on impeachment it looks like Trump may go free. Because of this man.
Meanwhile it’s Kentucky’s junior senator who is attempting to steer the GOP caucus out of the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, providing an array of arguments that will likely usher them toward an acquittal of the former president as soon as this weekend.
McConnell may still be the strategic brain of the GOP, but Paul is showing he’s much closer to where its heart beats.
Rand Paul’s preemptive constitutional challenge to the trial became the initial guiding light for Republicans looking for cover. As the trial bends to a close, he’s one of the few participants taking on the House Democratic impeachment managers in personal terms, charging them with hypocrisy.