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“Top Republicans want to bury President Trump, for good. But they are divided whether to do it with one quick kill via impeachment, or let him slowly fade away. … Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would be more likely than not to vote to convict Trump — a green light for other Republican senators to follow. … House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy would love a Trumpless world, but doesn’t want to knife him with fingerprints. This school of thought wants to let Trump do himself in, without a big party fight over his sins and sentence.”
“Our system of government has processes to determine who will be sworn in on Jan. 20. The Electoral College has spoken. … So today I want to congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He’s devoted himself to public service for many years. … I also want to congratulate the vice president-elect, our colleague from California — Sen. Harris. Beyond our differences, all Americans can take pride that our nation has a female vice president-elect for the very first time.”
— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor, per the New York Times.
“The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC affiliated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is overseeing the Peachtree PAC, a new political action committee that emerged in recent days to shape the US Senate runoffs in Georgia,” CNN reports. The group will spend $43 million in new television and radio ad spending in addition to the roughly $80 million the McConnell-aligned political organization already has committed to spend through the Senate Leadership Fund and American Crossroads.
“If you’re asking me a hypothetical about whether this Republican Senate would confirm a member of the Supreme Court due to a vacancy created this year — yeah, we would fill it.”
— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), on Fox News.
“You are not dealing with rationality here. You are dealing with pure politics and Mitch plays it harder than anybody.”
— Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), quoted by Spectrum News, after being asked if he was concerned Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) wasn’t doing more to hear from additional witnesses on impeachment.
“This is tantamount to a criminal defendant being allowed to set the rules for his own trial, while the judge and jury promise him a quick acquittal. That is a far cry from the ‘impartial justice’ required by our oaths and the Constitution.”
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) writes in the New York Times that two senior Republican senators — Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham — have abandoned the commitment to impartial impeachment trials.
“I could not put my hands in the man’s hand who refused to help somebody who served his country… I couldn’t do it, because I was thinking about my brother.”
— Bobby Rankin, the man seen in a viral video refusing to shake Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) hand at the late Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D-MD) funeral told the Washington Post the snub wasn’t based on his loyalty to Cummings.
“I urge the President to exercise American leadership to keep together our multinational coalition to defeat ISIS and prevent significant conflict between our NATO ally Turkey and our local Syrian counterterrorism partners. Major new conflict between Turkey and our partners in Syria would seriously risk damaging Turkey’s ties to the United States and causing greater isolation for Turkey on the world stage.”
— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly rebuking President Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria, the Washington Post reports.
“You know, I can laugh about things like the ‘Grim Reaper,’ but calling me Moscow Mitch is over the top.”
— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by The Hill, admitting that he’s annoyed by his new nickname.
“The Transportation Department under Secretary Elaine Chao designated a special liaison to help with grant applications and other priorities from her husband Mitch McConnell’s state of Kentucky, paving the way for grants totaling at least $78 million for favored projects as McConnell prepared to campaign for reelection,” Politico reports.