Donald Trump’s fate lies once again in the hands of the Senate, who are now deliberating as to whether or not he truly “incited an insurrection”, as laid out in the single article of impeachment against him.
There seems to be little doubt that Trump will be acquitted again, with even Senator Lindsey Graham openly admitting that there is likely no other outcome to the trial.
But it doesn’t appear as though Mitch McConnell is going to try to guarantee that result, however, with reports indicating that he’s fine with Republicans voting their conscience on this one.
“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling to fellow Republicans that the final vote on Donald Trump’s impeachment is matter of conscience and that senators who disputed the constitutionality of the trial could still vote to convict the former president, according to three people familiar with his thinking.
The Kentucky Republican has also suggested that he hasn’t made up his mind how he’ll vote, two of the people said, even though he voted Tuesday to declare it unconstitutional for the Senate to hear the case against a former president.”Source
This is a stark contrast to McConnell’s opinion during Trump’s first impeachment trial, in which the then-House Majority Leader event went so far as to state that he was not “an impartial juror”.