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U.S. Senate Republican leader McConnell says Trump 'provoked' Jan. 6 riot

PoliticsJan 19, 2021 01:00PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday accused President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican, of provoking the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

"The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people," McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor.

The U.S. House of Representatives last Wednesday impeached Trump for a second time. The Senate has yet to schedule a trial to determine Trump's guilt or innocence.

McConnell last week said he would listen to the arguments presented during the Senate trial before deciding how to vote on the impeachment charge of inciting an insurrection that resulted in the siege of the Capitol.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who is poised to become Senate majority leader in coming days, said in a Senate speech that Trump "is a threat to our constitutional order whether he is in or out of office."

Trump's term as president ends on Wednesday when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.

Schumer added that if Trump is convicted, the Senate would then vote on barring him from running again for president.

Trump supporters attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, delaying certification of Biden’s November election victory by several hours, forcing lawmakers to seek safety, and resulting in the death of five people, including a Capitol Police officer.

U.S. Senate Republican leader McConnell says Trump 'provoked' Jan. 6 riot
 

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Ad Cline Jan 19, 2021 2:06PM ET
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mc Connell. is trying to distance. himself from the knucle walking rabble that has taken over the Republican party.the coup attempt ties the mob to sedition, insurrection. and an attempt to bring down our government. something he can't tolorate....
Cathy Bartlett
Cathy Bartlett Jan 19, 2021 2:06PM ET
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BLM and antifa dressed as Trump supporters.. Dem's are communist cesspool dwellers inciting hate...
Tony Coll
Tony Coll Jan 19, 2021 1:44PM ET
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The frog has no allegiance to a sitting republican president. He should be prepared to lose a ton of support.
Kenneth Gold
Kenneth Gold Jan 19, 2021 1:10PM ET
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Mitch "CYA" McConnell, LOL. Please GOP, pick a better leader.
gary Gould
gary Gould Jan 19, 2021 1:10PM ET
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yes GoP.coukd have done alot better don't you guys have anyone better than Cruz or trump..I dontvthink either one could tell the truth ..
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Me comment Jan 19, 2021 12:48PM ET
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Then Moscow Mitch better produce the votes to convict trump or he looses whatever credibility he has left.
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Barani Krishnan Jan 19, 2021 12:48PM ET
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This is going to be an interesting session of the Senate.
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what a con job! totalitarian government
 
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