McConnell vows to block Trump impeachment in fundraising pitch

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor Progressive group knocks McConnell for talking judicial picks during coronavirus Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE's (R-Ky.) reelection campaign is seizing on the fight over impeachment, pledging in Facebook ads that he will lead Republican efforts to stop President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE from being removed from office.
"Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor Pelosi, Democrats using coronavirus to push for big tax cuts for blue state residents US watchdog vows 'aggressive' oversight after intel official fired MORE's in the clutches of a left wing mob. They finally convinced her to impeach the president. All of you know your Constitution, the way that impeachment stops is a Senate majority with me as majority leader," McConnell says in an ad that began running on Thursday.
"But I need your help. Please contribute before the deadline," McConnell continues in the ad.
McConnell's campaign, according to Facebook's ad library, began running the digital ads with the video on Sept. 27, three days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) formally announced that House Democrats would launch an impeachment inquiry. 
The decision, which followed months of pressure from progressives, came following reports of a whistleblower complaint alleging Trump urged the Ukranian government to investigate former Vice President Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. 
McConnell, who has tied himself closely to Trump as he runs for reelection in the deeply red state, doesn't address the allegations surrounding the president's communication with Ukraine in the roughly 17-second video.
The GOP leader, along with most of his caucus, have remained silent despite the growing scrutiny on the president this week.  
In one caption for an ad that has run since Sept. 30, McConnell's team argues that a "conservative Senate Majority is the ONLY thing stopping Nancy Pelosi from impeaching President Trump. Donate & help us keep it."
Each of the digital ads includes the same video message from McConnell. But the campaign shifted their messaging as part of a digital ad that went up on Thursday to also knock House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump defends firing of intel watchdog, calling him a 'disgrace' Democrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Trump fires intelligence community watchdog who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint MORE (D-Calif.). 
"BREAKING: Adam Schiff LIED. His office secretly coordinated with the source of this laughable impeachment inquiry. Help me stop it," the caption to go along with the video reads.
The caption is an apparent reference to a report from The New York Times that the whistleblower consulted the House Intelligence Committee before filing the complaint.
"Few issues energize conservative voters like liberal overreach and the Democrats latest outrageous attempt to impeach President Trump has activated our base to new heights," Kevin Golden, McConnell's campaign manager, said in a statement.
According to Facebook data, McConnell's campaign has spent $61,677 on ads between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2. McConnell's Facebook ads were first reported by CNN.
McConnell said during a CNBC interview earlier this week that he would have "no choice" but to bring up impeachment if the House sends over articles. 
"Well, under the Senate rules we're required to take it up if the House does go down that path, and we'll follow the Senate rules," McConnell said during an interview with CNBC.
But McConnell and Republicans are hinting that a trial could be short lived. A GOP Senate leadership aide noted in a memo to reporters that trying to dismiss the articles of impeachment would be allowed under the Senate's impeachment rules.
"I would have no choice but to take it up," McConnell added during the CNBC interview. "How long you're on it is a whole different matter."
McConnell is facing a handful of Democrats looking to challenge him in 2020, including Marine veteran Amy McGrath. 
His seat is rated as "likely Republican" by The Cook Political Report.