Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly planning to step down before the end of his term. Serving since 1985, the Kentucky senator — who was elected to his seventh term in 2020 — is reportedly working with Kentucky’s state legislature on an exit strategy. The plan involves passing a bill through the state legislature that would strip power from the hands of the Governor to appoint McConnell’s successor and instead make it the duty of the Republican Party in the state.
The sudden shift is part of McConnell’s plan to secure his legacy, which is reportedly on shaky ground following a public split with former President Donald Trump after the January 6 insurrection. McConnell voted to acquit Trump at the impeachment hearing but said Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the attack on the Capitol. That led to calls for censure by Kentucky Republicans, but McConnell is yet to face such action.
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