Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses, according to a report Tuesday in the New York Times.

Citing people familiar with McConnell’s thinking, the paper said McConnell, who has thus far maintained a disciplined silence about Trump’s role in the insurrection at the Capitol Wednesday, is also “pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him, believing that it will make it easier to purge him from the party.”

The Democratic-led House is expected to consider impeachment of Trump Wednesday after party leaders have asked Trump to step aside and asked Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to at least temporarily remove Trump, both to no avail.

While supporters say the impeachment article of incitement is likely to pass the House, Trump’s fate in the Senate is less clear. A few Republican senators have expressed either support or interest in conviction, but Democrats would need more than 15 to cross over in support to remove Trump.

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