Several members of Trump’s impeachment defense team have made generous campaign contributions to one of the president’s most prominent allies: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Louisville Courier Journal reported Thursday.
Citing campaign finance data, The Journal reports that Ken Starr and Robert Ray — both members of Trump’s impeachment defense team — have been generous contributors to McConnell’s 2020 reelection campaign.
Starr donated $2800 to the McConnell Senate Committee on July 31, 2019. And Ray made two separate donations to the Committee: one for the Republican senatorial primary in Kentucky, the other for the general election in November 2020. Between the two, Ray gave McConnell a total of $5600.
During the Ukraine scandal and Trump’s impeachment, McConnell has flaunted his pro-Trump bias. The Senate majority leader has stressed that he does not consider himself an “impartial juror” in Trump’s impeachment trial and that he will be coordinating with the Trump White House during the trial. Moreover, McConnell has opposed featuring any witnesses in Trump’s trial, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton.
McConnell, 77, has been serving in the U.S. Senate for 35 years: he was first elected in 1984 and was seated in January 1985.
While Democrats would love to see McConnell voted out of office this year, he is seeking reelection in a red state that Trump carried by 30% in 2016.
However, it isn’t impossible for a Democrat to win a statewide race in Kentucky, where Republican Gov. Matt Bevin was voted out of office in 2019.