Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) demurred on if he would support President Trump if he is convicted as he was arraigned today in federal court for charges relating to allegedly mishandled classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
When asked by a CNN reporter if he would support Trump after a conviction, he said that he was ‘not going to comment’ on the matter or other candidates in the 2024 Republican Presidential primary.
For the most part, Trump has received an outpouring of support from both grassroots Republicans and Republican politicians across the country.
Even other Republican Presidential candidates such as Vivek Ramaswamy and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, have come out in support of Trump, with both vowing to rid the Department of Justice of politically biased prosecutors if they were to win the nomination rather than Trump.
McConnell’s House counterpart, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.), called the indictment a ‘dark day for America’ and has supported colleagues such as Representative Jim Jordan (R-Oh.) and Representative James Comer (R-Ky.) in exposing the weaponization of the federal government and justice system.
McConnell has clashed with Trump in the past, though he has mostly done it behind closed doors rather than choosing to confront Trump in public.
In the aftermath of the unrest at the January 6th ‘Stop the Steal’ rally, McConnell condemned Trump and called him responsible for the unrest, but has never voted to convict him in impeachment trials.
CNN’s @mkraju: “Given that the former president is facing a federal indictment and these serious allegations, could you still support him if he becomes the nominee even if he’s convicted?”
Sen. Minority Leader McConnell: “I’m just simply not going to comment on the candidates.” pic.twitter.com/dhfQz4UCbz
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CNN’s Manu Raju asked the Senate Minority Leader, “Given that the former president is facing a federal indictment and these serious allegations, could you still support him if he becomes the nominee, even if he’s convicted?”
McConnell refused to reveal his true intentions, dodging the question completely.
“The Republican campaign for the nomination has already been going on for six months,” McConnell said. “It’s going to be going on for a year longer, and I’m just simply not going to comment on the candidates.”
“We’ve got a bunch of and I’m just simply going to stay out of it,” the lawmaker added.
Other lawmakers, however, have not felt that way, openly decrying the weaponization of the Biden Justice Department against Trump.