Val Demings ‘encouraged’ by McConnell’s break from Trump

Demings’ interview on Wednesday morning came as the House prepared to indict Trump for the second time and named him the first President in American history to receive such a historic reprimand.

But unlike his first impeachment in 2019, when no House Republicans voted to overthrow the president, at least a handful of GOP lawmakers left the chamber after the deadly siege of the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters last week turned against him.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), The third-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, and at least four other members of her caucus have said they support the only impeachment article indicting the president of “willful incitement to insurrection”. Up to a dozen Republicans are expected to vote against Trump.

Both McConnell and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Have privately signaled that they are willing to punish Trump in any way for his role in inciting last week.

McConnell has indicated that Trump’s actions qualify him for deportation, POLITICO reported Tuesday, and McCarthy – while still publicly opposed to impeachment – has asked GOP lawmakers whether to pressure the president to resign.

Demings, a House impeachment manager during Trump’s first Senate trial, was encouraged by developments on Wednesday.

“We’ll see what happens,” she said. “We can do this if we have the political will to do it.”

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