Trump’s passive assent to events like the kidnapping/assassination plot against Michigan Governor Whitmer signaled the path to the current DC crisis. He enjoyed watching the unfolding attack on the Capitol rather than deal with it as a national crisis.
Presently, Mitch McConnell is trying to schedule any Senate impeachment vote until after Joe Biden takes office.
According to one person familiar with these conversations, Kushner is trying to understand how much congressional support there is for impeachment, rather than defending Trump’s behavior. Kushner has asked allies to argue there simply isn’t enough time for impeachment proceedings.Yet other Democrats argue it will not be possible for the country to come together if Trump is not held accountable, and the congressional furor over the insurrection at the Capitol has been nearly impossible to contain.“There have to be consequences for this clear and deeply serious violation of law — inciting a riot,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). Still, he said he is “sympathetic” to Biden’s desire to focus on his agenda.But Blumenthal argued that impeaching Trump does not need to get in the way of unity. “I really hope that maybe this impeachment can be bipartisan,” he said. “The people who say that an impeachment trial would be divisive are assuming that Republicans are divided with us on the basic issue of whether a president can incite a riot, which is what he did.”
— Bob Loeb (@BobLoeb) January 12, 2021
Hiding from the rioters in a secret location away from the Capitol, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) appealed to Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) phoned Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter.
“He was hard to reach, and you know why? Because it was live TV,” said one close Trump adviser. “If it’s TiVo, he just hits pause and takes the calls. If it’s live TV, he watches it, and he was just watching it all unfold.”
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