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Impeachment Preview: Timeline, Where The GOP Stands




Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks through the Ohio Clock Corridor to his office in the U.S. Capitol on February 8, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks through the Ohio Clock Corridor to his office in the U.S. Capitol on February 8, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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The Senate is set to launch the impeachment trial Tuesday to consider the charge that Trump’s fighting words to protesters at a Capitol rally as well as weeks of falsehoods about a stolen and rigged presidential election provoked a mob to storm the Capitol. Five people died as a result of the melee, including a police officer.

Many senators including Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell immediately denounced the violence and pointed a finger of blame at Trump. Following the riot, Wicker said Americans “will not stand for this kind of attack on the rule of law” and without naming names, said “we must prosecute” those who undermine democracy. But with Trump now gone from the presidency, Republicans have shown little political appetite to take further action, such as an impeachment conviction that could lead to barring him from running for future office. Those partisan divisions appear to be hardening ahead of Trump’s trial, a sign of his continuing grip on the GOP. Today on AirTalk, we discuss the upcoming trial. Do you have thoughts or questions? Call us at 866-893-5722. 

With files from the Associated Press

Guests: 

Anita Kumar, White House correspondent and associate editor for POLITICO; she tweets @anitakumar01

Susan Mcwilliams Barndt, chair and professor of politics at Pomona College and editor of American Political Thought Journal