Democrats Urge Mitch McConnell to Publicly Back Removing Donald Trump

Democrats are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to publicly back ousting President Donald Trump amid reports that he privately supports their effort to impeach the commander-in-chief for a second time.

The president's adversaries continue to pursue his early removal from power with impeachment now their focus after Vice President Mike Pence firmly rejected invoking the 25th Amendment, prior to lawmakers voting to request he do so.

While the Democrat-majority House is set to impeach Trump, including with the support of some Republicans, it is less clear that the GOP-majority Senate would then vote to convict. The support of at least two-thirds of Senators is needed for a conviction.

Democrats responded to multiple reports from Axios, The New York Times, and others citing anonymous sources that McConnell is leaning towards conviction and believes Trump committed impeachable offenses.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) urged McConnell to make such intentions public if the reports are accurate.

Speaking to MSNBC he said: "I don't know why Mitch McConnell needs to play games and hide behind anonymous sources, maybe he could just stand up for what's right—at long last. Is that too much to ask?"

Maloney spoke of the threat to lawmakers posed by those who stormed the Capitol on January 6, stating "there was no distinguishing in those moments between Democrats and Republicans."

"So, it's time for all of us to stand up and be counted," he said.

"It would have been better if the president had resigned. It would have been better if the vice president would do his duty, or the if the Republicans in the Cabinet would do theirs. But we're going to do ours.

"And then Mitch McConnell and his colleagues in the Senate should be accountable for what they do next."

Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) shared a New York Times report which suggested McConnell is "pleased" Democrats are moving to impeach Trump.

"Put your money where your mouth is, @senatemajldr McConnell," Cárdenas tweeted. "Go on record and support removing Trump from office."

Amid speculation about McConnell's stance, several House Republicans have said they will vote to impeach.

Other Republicans pushed back against impeachment, suggesting such an action could further divide the nation at a moment when tensions are already heightened.

Trump himself has also rallied against impeachment, facing the prospect for a second time during his tenure.

"This impeachment is causing tremendous anger, and it's really a terrible thing that they're doing," he said when departing the White House for a visit to Texas on Tuesday.

House Democrats are expected to take up articles of impeachment related to Trump's behavior at a rally in Washington, D.C. that precipitated the Capitol riot and vote on Wednesday.

Newsweek has contacted McConnell's office and the White House for comment on impeachment.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives at the U.S. Capitol and walks to his office on January 06, 2021 in Washington, D.C. He has been urged to publicly outline his stance on impeachment amid the Democrat-led push to oust President Donald Trump. Drew Angerer/Getty Images