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McConnell is signaling he's in favor of impeachment, GOP source says

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican from Kentucky, arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. The Senate moved Wednesday toward a vote to override President Trump's veto of a $740.5 billion defense policy bill, setting up a clash with the White House that may not culminate until the final hours before a new Congress begins on Sunday. Photographer: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling he is in favor of impeachment, a GOP source familiar with McConnell's thinking tells CNN.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling he is in favor of impeachment, a GOP source familiar with McConnell's thinking tells CNN.

A separate Republican source said they expect about 10-20 House Republicans to vote for impeachment.

The source went on to say that the White House is putting huge pressure on members, and that members are saying "they want to vote to impeach but they legitimately fear for their lives and their families’ lives. "

This person points out that a week after Jan. 6th, President Trump is still trying to intimidate members, adding that people should be careful about numbers being put out by the White House on how many GOP members they expect to vote for impeachment.

Additionally, GOP staffers – including those of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – are upset at members not voting for impeachment and are raising it with their bosses, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.

So, too, would Republican members of Congress fear what might appear on Trump's feed if they decided to break with him and vote for his impeachment.

The White House said in a statement this week it opposes impeachment, and Trump railed against the proceedings on Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meanwhile has said to believe impeachment will help oust Trump from the GOP for good.

He encouraged all House members to vote for impeachment.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he's expecting 10-20 Republican defections on impeachment today.

McConnell has indicated, however, that he believes that impeaching President Donald Trump will make it easier to get rid of the President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar urged Republicans to vote to impeach President Trump, saying the rioters at the Capitol were "specifically incited by the President of the United States. "

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