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McConnell fundraising off vow to stop impeachment

Donald Trump continued on Thursday to make it absolutely clear to everyone that he has and continues to illegally seek foreign assistance for his 2020 reelection campaign. And the man who would be in charge once an impeachment trial lands in the Senate made it clear that, no matter what Trump’s crimes are, he will use his powers to protect Trump from removal.

In a Facebook fundraising ad posted this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to end any impeachment proceedings and asked donors for contributions to his 2020 reelection campaign — even though any trial would likely come well before next November. The ad stands in contrast to McConnell’s promise on Monday that he would follow Senate rules and hold an impeachment trial should the House of Representatives impeach Trump.

The ad, paid for by the McConnell Senate Committee, is billed as an “Important Message from Mitch.” In the video, McConnell tells viewers, “the way that impeachment stops is when the Senate majority, with me as Majority Leader [sic].” The text above the video suggests that with donations McConnell could “stop [Speaker of the House Nancy] Pelosi from impeaching President Trump.”

Some vulnerable Republican senators have suggested that the allegations against Trump would be carefully considered in a “bipartisan manner” and that they would be “jurors” without prejudice.

But with McConnell vowing that the GOP majority would simply protect Trump no matter what, it looks like the jury pool is already tainted.

 

Published with permission of The American Independent.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

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