LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Wednesday, activists gathered in front of the federal courthouse to call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The message in downtown is that protesters believe Trump committed impeachable offenses in his dealing with Ukraine and they want McConnell to support the removal of the president if these proceedings were to move to the Senate.
As of now, the protest might not do much to sway McConnell. He has repeatedly dismissed the impeachment proceedings as a partisan exercise that has deprived Trump of due process.
Proponents of this inquiry have taken issue with that characterization and they have argued that this process has been above board and both Democrats and Republicans have been able to ask questions behind closed doors.
As senate majority leader, McConnell would shape how any potential trial proceeds and House Democrats have enough votes to bring articles of impeachment against Trump.
But remember that conviction and removal of the president would require 67 senators. And with a Republican majority, that appears unlikely.