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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives at the U.S. Capitol and walks to his office on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving abruptly away from President Donald Trump. A Republican strategist says McConnell is telling people that he thinks Trump perpetrated impeachable offenses. McConnell also sees House Democrats’ drive to impeach Trump as an opportune moment to distance the GOP from the tumultuous, divisive outgoing president. McConnell’s view is significant because he will be Washington’s most powerful Republican once Democrat Joe Biden takes office next week as president. McConnell’s thinking emerged as the Democratic-led House moved toward a Wednesday vote certain to result in Trump’s impeachment over his incitement of supporters who stormed the Capitol last week.