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Another ‘Peril’ Excerpt Reveals McConnell Secretly Worked With Joe Biden to Prevent More ‘Trump Chaos’

New revelations about the final days of the Trump Administration from “Peril,” the forthcoming new Trump-tell all from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, have been released piecemeal over the course of the last week or so, leaving some to wonder why they sat on such dangerous information simply to meet a publication deadline. Aside from the scandal still circulating around General Mark Milley‘s decision to go behind Trump’s back to prevent an act of war, “Peril” scrutinizing the weeks that comprised the traditional period of transition after the 2020 Presidential election as Trump was only beginning to fight the results. Instead of assisting the incoming Biden/Harris administration, the outgoing Trump staff did nothing to aid the then-President-Elect’s team.

Now another excerpt from “Peril” reveals that the Biden team actually did get some help from the other side of the aisle, but it didn’t come from within the White House. Instead, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was facing his own demotion to Minority Leader, quietly began assisting the incoming administration behind the scenes.

Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and US Vice President Joseph R. Biden(R) participate in a mock swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. The 114th Congress convened today with Republicans taking majority control of both the Senate and House of Representatives. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

According to the book, McConnell expected Trump to lose and had been complaining to aides that there were “so many Maalox moments during the four years” under Trump, and things did not get any better after the election. McConnell was worried about hanging on to the two Georgia U.S. Senate seats that were headed to run-off, and so he reached out through Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) to plead with Biden to avoid calling Trump at all costs.

The authors give more insight into McConnell’s thought process, writing that McConnell worried Trump might “react negatively and upend the upcoming, hotly contested runoff Senate elections in Georgia”, which he did indeed do when he made calls to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. ” McConnell also said he didn’t want then-President-Elect Biden, a serial telephone user, to call Trump. “Any call from Biden was sure to infuriate Trump and set off unwanted calls from him, asking if he believed Biden had won the presidency,” Woodward and Costa write.

The book claims that to keep things under wraps, McConnell reached out to GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas to speak privately with Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, a Biden confidant, about a “‘back channel’ for the then-majority leader to have a level of communication with the president-elect. Cornyn said that the senators were ‘in a delicate situation’ since Trump may have assumed that the men were ‘cutting a deal behind his back to cut him out,’ which would make him ‘even more irrational.'”

McConnell is famous for saying one thing publicly, but acting in the opposite manner behind closed doors, as the book describes.

“Peril” will be released on Tuesday.



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