Reports are coming in that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has informed GOP colleagues that he will vote to acquit former President Donald Trump during his second historic impeachment trial.

WATCH the news report by MSNBC:



The news of McConnell's decision comes by way of email that he sent to his GOP associates, as reported by NBC News:

"While a close call, I am persuaded that impeachments are a tool primarily of removal and we therefore lack jurisdiction," McConnell wrote.

McConnell had been tight-lipped throughout the process about how he would vote and, as the most influential Republican on Capitol Hill, his announcement that he will vote to acquit Trump for incitement of insurrection is a strong sign for how other members of the party will vote. Politico was first to report the news.

McConnell said in his email that criminal prosecution of the former president remains an option.

"The Constitution makes perfectly clear that Presidential criminal misconduct while in office can be prosecuted after the President has left office, which in my view alleviates the otherwise troubling 'January exception' argument raised by the House," he wrote.

McConnell shared his intentions with GOP members because some of them had asked what his intentions were. It appears McConnell wanted to be clear with his vote moving forward.