McConnell, who voted “not guilty” in the trial, said the Senate’s decision to acquit Trump “does not condone anything that happened on or before that terrible day.”

Nicholas Ballasy
Just the News

February 13, 2021

After voting to acquit former President Trump on jurisdictional grounds in his impeachment trial Saturday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Trump’s actions prior to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol as “a disgraceful dereliction of duty” in a blistering speech on the floor of the chamber.

“There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day, no question about it,” McConnell said. “The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president.”

McConnell also signaled that Trump could still face civil or criminal charges after the acquittal. 

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