Following Donald Trump’s second indictment in the House of Representatives, Mitch McConnell has told his Senate colleagues to “vote for their conscience,” convicting the president of his role in inciting a deadly uprising in the Capitol, claiming that the 2020 election was rigged and “rigged” from his supporters.
The Senate majority overseeing the remaining days of the GOP-controlled Senate as a balance of power in the newly elected Congress does not indicate how he expects his colleagues to vote, and Joe Biden is president before an impeachment hearing reaches the Senate base. But he told senators that voting at a hearing was theirs Associated Press.
In a statement on Jan. 13, Senator McConnell said he believed the suspension of an indictment after Fiden’s inauguration would “serve our nation best.” Until then, he said, Congress should focus on “secure inauguration and orderly transfer of power.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democrats have urged the majority leader to move quickly and plan an investigation, hoping the 9 1.9trn Govt-19 relief package recently announced by the president-elect will pass through Congress immediately.
On Jan. 12, the House voted 232-197, accusing it of inciting a revolt, “within a week of the violent mob of supporters of the president violating the Capitol threatened members of Congress as a joint meeting of Congress to certify the election.” Results: A woman shot dead by Capitol police And a Capitol police officer who died of their injuries after being attacked.
As the indictment moves toward the upper chamber, at least four Republican senators are considering whether to vote for the undecided or convicts, including Senators McConnell and Lisa Murkowski, Ben Chasse and Pat Doomi.
In a bad statement on Friday, Senator Chasse said, “Outraged people are going to try to whitewash the attack on Capitol. Some bad apples are out of control. That’s wrong.”
“Every American should understand what the Department of Justice has now made public: there is strong evidence for investigators that some of the insurgents who attacked the United States Capital planned to abduct and assassinate the Vice President,” he said. “These men are not the drunkards who got the rowdies – they are the terrorists who are attacking this country’s constitutionally mandated transfer of power.”
Mitt Romney was the only Senate Republican to leave the GOP to plead guilty to an article on the indictment after the House indicted him for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress during the president’s first indictment trial last year.
In the second indictment of the president in the House, 10 GOPs voted to vote for the indictment from the Congress party.
The indictment is the first time a president has been in office.