Trump news: McEnany departs White House as McConnell calls impeachment ‘vote of conscience’

Chris Riotta,Jon Sharman,Joe Middleton and Alex Woodward
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President Donald Trump is said to be planning a final trip on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago during the inauguration, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly discusses impeachment with colleagues as the administration ends in history-making ignominy.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who entered the role in April 2020, joined a growing list of administration officials who left the president before his term officially ended.

The president’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow has criticised his boss in The Wall Street Journal over his response to the deadly insurrection at the Capitol.

Meanwhile, the president has reportedly sought to reunite with former adviser Steve Bannon while increasingly isolating himself from others and as several members of his Cabinet announce their resignations.

With his impeachment trial looming in the Senate, GOP leader McConnell has reportedly told his colleagues to “vote their conscience.”

A growing body of Republican lawmakers have indicated they could break from their party to convict the president, who will no longer be in office when his trial begins.

Federal prosecutors have unsealed grim accounts from inside the hall of Congress as law enforcement pursues more serious charges of violence against rioters after initial misdemeanors, with mounting evidence from an increasingly large digital footprint.

Lawmakers have also launched an “immediate review” into the Capitol building’s security infrastructure.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned hat “if in fact it is found that members of Congress were accomplices to this insurrection, if they aided and abetted the crime, there may have to be actions taken beyond the Congress in terms of prosecution for that."

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