According to Jonathan Karl's new book "Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) conspired behind Donald Trump's back to make sure he did not attend the inauguration of Joe Biden after Trump's loss in the 2020 presidential election.
According to excerpts from the book reported on by Politico's Meredith McGraw, McConnell expressed fears that the outgoing president might appear at the event and "felt he could not give Trump another opportunity to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power," Karl wrote.
"McConnell even wanted to have the four congressional leaders write a letter to Trump informing him he had been disinvited,'" McGraw wrote before adding that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) balked by "arguing it would be an important message of unity" for Trump to be there, according to Karl.
"McConnell's letter and his attempt to stop Trump from coming to the inauguration never came to fruition," Politico reports. "Karl writes that's because after a top adviser to the Kentucky Republican informed Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows that McConnell wanted to disinvite Trump and McCarthy separately told the White House of McConnell's plan, Trump preemptively put out a tweet — his very last on the platform — announcing his decision to not attend."
The report also states that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) had a back and forth with McConnell where she expressed her belief that the GOP was making a big mistake opposing the House commission tasked with investigating the Jan 6th insurrection, and that the senior Republican told her she should let it go lest she draw Trump's ire and jeopardize her position in the Republican Party.
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