As a distant observer (UK) I have to say that this is the impression I have formed. It seems to me that he has played the perfect game. I’ll explain what I mean – I have seen bits of these ideas on the boards, but I don’t think I’ve seen the assembled whole (though there are so many fast moving related threads, I could easily have missed it. Apologies if I have.)
Mitch won’t recall the senate until (essentially) the end of Trump’s presidency. He has expressed a view which may mean that he would vote to convict. He may yet persuade other Republican senators to do the same – maybe enough for a two-thirds majority. He really hasn’t committed himself to anything. We won’t know until the end of Trump’s presidency. Neither will Trump.
If you are Trump, what do you do? Try pardoning rioters? Try pardoning yourself? Try rabble rousing? Try anything, really, and there is the threat of conviction really, actually happening – anger Mitch and maybe he can make it happen. (And so, suddenly, it’s in Trump’s interest for there to be no more riots.) To me this looks like the perfect way of preventing Trump from taking just about any action, right up to the 20th. Plus, once Trump is gone, Mitch still has the option to push his colleagues to vote for conviction and disqualification from office, which (I would assume) is in the best interests of the Republican party.
From an ocean away, it looks to me as if he has positioned himself perfectly to manage the situation. Am I reading this wrong? (And BTW, for the avoidance of doubt, I certainly do NOT align myself with the Republicans).