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McConnell votes to acquit but berates Trump
Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell said former President Donald J. Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill, but was not technically eligible to dismissal.
Former President Trump’s actions leading up to the riot were a shameful and shameful dereliction of duty. There is no doubt that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for bringing about the events of the day. No questions about this. The people who stormed this building believed that they were acting according to the wishes and instructions of their president. And having that conviction was a predictable consequence of the growing crescendo of misrepresentation, conspiracy theories and reckless hyperbole, that the defeated president kept yelling into the biggest megaphone on planet Earth. These criminals carried his banners, hung his flags and shouted their loyalty to him. It was obvious that only President Trump could put an end to this. He was the only one who could. Former collaborators publicly pleaded with him to do so. Faithful allies frantically called out for the administration. The president did not act quickly. He didn’t do his job. He did not take steps to ensure that federal law could be faithfully carried out and order restored. No, on the contrary, according to public reports, he watched television with happiness. Fortunately. If President Trump was still in office, I would have carefully considered whether House Directors had proven their specific office. But in this case, the question is moot because former President Trump is not constitutionally eligible for conviction.
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