Report: Mitch McConnell Has Received Donations From Trump’s Defense Team
Members of President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team have previously donated to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 2020 reelection campaign, according to the Courier Journal.
Ken Starr, who prosecuted former President Bill Clinton in his impeachment trial before joining Trump’s team, gave the maximum individual contribution allowed ($2,800) to the McConnell Senate Committee on July 31, 2019.
Starr, former Baylor University president, has given to every McConnell reelection campaign since 2002.
Robert Ray, another member of the president’s impeachment team, gave a total of $5,600 to the McConnell Senate Committee.
As the Senate’s top official, McConnell has significant sway over the impeachment trial, which has tasked senators with deciding whether to acquit Trump of charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress.
While McConnell’s campaign manager Kevin Golden said the donations have not influenced the Senate majority leader’s interactions with the Trump defense team, McConnell said in December that he would be in “total coordination with the White House counsel” for the trial.
From the beginning, McConnell has been clear that he doesn’t see himself as an impartial juror and that he expects senators to address this impeachment along party lines.
“This is a political process,” he said last month. “The House made a partisan political decision to impeach. I would anticipate we will have a largely partisan outcome in the Senate. I’m not impartial about this at all.”