Mitch McConnell Fundraises Off Trump Impeachment Inquiry in Campaign Ad: 'I Need Your Help'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is using the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump to raise funds for the 2020 election.

"Nancy Pelosi's in the clutches of a left-wing mob. They finally convinced her to impeach the president. All of you know your Constitution, the way that impeachment stops is when a Senate majority with me as majority leader," McConnell, who is facing a challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath in the 2020 race, says in the 17-second ad. The Hill reported that the ad began airing on Thursday.

"But I need your help. Please contribute before the deadline," he continues. McConnell's campaign did not immediately respond when asked whether it had received increased funds since it began airing the ad.

McConnell previously said that, if the House chooses to impeach the president, he would have to take up the proceedings. But that doesn't mean the Senate will vote to remove the president from office.

"The Senate impeachment rules are very clear," he said while speaking with CNBC last week. "The Senate would have to take up an impeachment resolution if it came over from the House."

McConnell's ad aligns with messaging used by the president, although it is more measured in tone.

Promptly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry against the president, Trump started fundraising. Pelosi announced impeachment on September 24. MotherJones reported that Trump's campaign sent out an email the same afternoon seeking money and saying that donations would be "double matched," and those who provided funds would be added to an "Official Impeachment Defense Task Force."

Trump has since escalated his attacks against the inquiry in an effort that seeks to shift the narrative and turn attention to Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden. The president has accused House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff of committing treason and proposed arresting him. Trump has also said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason and suggested she be impeached. He has also pushed to uncover the identity of the whistleblower who first raised concerns about the July 25 call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

As Democrats continue their investigation into whether Trump sought to establish a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- a claim he has denied -- the president has steadfastly asserted that he did not act inappropriately. Text messages between July 19 and July 9, which were obtained by congressional investigators, have cast doubt on Trump's denials, though.

On September 9, William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, sent a message to Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, which appeared to reference what Taylor believed was a quid pro quo arrangement.

"I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign," Taylor wrote.

Sondland denied the suggestion in his response.

"Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump's intentions. The president has been crystal clear no quid pro quo's of any kind," Sondland replied. "I suggest we stop the back and forth by text."

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to speak to the media after attending the Republican weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on September 17. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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