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AP source: GOP leader McConnell will vote to acquit Trump

Posted at 6:54 AM, Feb 13, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell will vote to acquit Donald Trump in the former president's impeachment trial.

That's according to a source familiar with McConnell's thinking who was not authorized to publicly discuss the decision and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Word of McConnell's decision came Saturday before what is expected to be a final day in the historic trial on the charge that Trump incited the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Closely watched, the Republican leader's views carry sway among GOP senators and are likely to influence others weighing their votes.

A two-thirds vote of the Senate would be needed for Trump's conviction.