There was only one correct verdict in this trial: Guilty. This was about choosing country over Donald Trump. And 43 Republican members chose Trump. — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
There was only one correct verdict in this trial: Guilty. This was about choosing country over Donald Trump. And 43 Republican members chose Trump. — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
McConnell votes for acquittal, but then says there's 'no question' Trump is responsible for riot
Minutes after voting "not guilty" in Donald Trump's impeachment trial, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the former president is clearly to blame for the deadly Capitol riot.

"There's no question" that Trump "is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day," McConnell said just after the Senate acquitted Trump of inciting the attack. "No question about it."

But "the question is moot," McConnell said, because as a former president, "Trump is constitutionally not eligible for conviction."

"After intense reflection, I believe the best constitutional reading shows that Article 2 Section 4 exhausts the set of persons who can legitimately be impeached, tried or convicted," McConnell said. "It's the president, it's the vice president, and civil officers. We have no power to convict a former office holder who is now a private citizen," he said.

... Before McConnell took the floor, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., railed against the Republicans who voted for acquittal.

"There was only one correct verdict in this trial: Guilty," Schumer said.

"This was about choosing country over Donald Trump. And 43 Republican members chose Trump," Schumer said.
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