We know that the House of Representatives has the votes to impeach Donald Trump for a second time, but a conviction in the Senate seemed almost impossible, until now. The New York Times is reporting:

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him, believing that it will make it easier to purge him from the party, according to people familiar with his thinking.

The newspaper also says, according to Republican officials, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also may be wavering, asking “other Republicans whether he should call on Mr. Trump to resign.”

Taken together, the stances of Congress’s two top Republicans — neither of whom has said publicly that Mr. Trump should resign or be impeached — reflected the politically fraught and fast-moving nature of the crisis that the party faces in the wake of last week’s assault by a pro-Trump mob

As for timing, there have reportedly been talks between the Senate Majority Leader and president-elect Joe Biden.