Mitch McConnell will vote to acquit Donald Trump: sources
Gage Skidmore.

On Saturday, CNN, MSNBC, and POLITICO reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) intends to vote to acquit former President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial for incitement of insurrection.

In an email to Senate GOP colleagues, McConnell said that his decision was a "close call," but that he believes the Senate lacks jurisdiction and that impeachment is "primarily a tool of removal."

In previous weeks, reports suggested that McConnell was privately pleased with the impeachment proceedings, believed Trump's conduct was impeachable, and was undecided on the matter of conviction — although he twice voted to declare the procedure unconstitutional.

It is unclear how many GOP votes exist for conviction, but widely believed there are not enough to get the Senate to the required 67 votes.