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'Out on a limb': Inside the Republican reckoning over Trump's possible impeachment


October 7, 2019

Anna Moneymaker – New York Times

Senate Republicans are taking their cues from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), seen on Sept. 24. In a new campaign ad released over the weekend, McConnell remained firmly at Trump's side, saying, "The way that impeachment stops is a Senate majority with me as majority leader."

A torrent of impeachment developments has triggered a reckoning in the Republican Party, paralyzing many of its officeholders as they weigh their political futures, legacies and, ultimately, their allegiance to a president who has held them captive.

President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure a foreign power to target a domestic political rival have driven his party into a bunker, with lawmakers bracing for an extended battle led by a general whose orders are often confusing and contradictory.


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