President Trump has been lighting up the phone lines of his allies on Capitol Hill—including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to whom he’s stressed the importance of Republican unity.
In a return to the President’s panicked behavior during the height of the Mueller investigation, Trump is calling McConnell as often as three times a day, according to a person familiar with the conversations.
McConnell has told a small number of Republicans about the President’s calls.
“This story, based on a single anonymous source, is categorically false. Leader McConnell never said anything like this,” Doug Andres, a McConnell spokesman, said.
Trump has been lashing out at GOP senators he sees as disloyal, according to this person, telling McConnell he will amplify attacks on those Republicans who criticize him.
Trump’s focus on the impeachment issue is plain, even as his allies encourage him to train his attention on other issues. As former Vice President Joe Biden came out in favor of impeachment for the first time today, Trump had responded on Twitter before Biden’s speech had even concluded. While speaking in the Roosevelt Room, Trump went off-script to link a regulatory announcement to his ongoing predicament.
“No American should ever face such persecution from their own government,” Trump said, reading from a script, before looking up from his paper: “Except, perhaps, your President.”