- McConnell believes the time is right to move against the 'lame duck' president
- Rep. Liz Cheney, a House leader, now backs impeachment
- Two-thirds of the Senate – or 17 Republicans - would have to vote to convict
- Trial could overlap with start of Joe Biden's term
- Trump denied responsibility for the riots and defended his comments
- House to take up impeachment article on Wednesday
- Follows resignation of three Trump cabinet members, including McConnell's wife
- FBI investigating massive breach, possible murder, sedition, conspiracy charges
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling support for the House Democratic impeachment effort that includes an article charging the president with 'incitement of insurrection'.
The view of the GOP powerbroker emerged shortly before Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of the House GOP leadership, announced that she would vote for impeaching President Trump.
'On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes. This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic,' wrote Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president.
'Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,' she continued.