“The mafia was fed with lies; they were provoked by the president ”: Republican McConnell singles out Trump over Capitol riots
WASHINGTON – The latest on Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is explicitly singling out President Donald Trump for helping spur the attack on Capitol Hill by supporters of the outgoing president.
The Kentucky Republican said in the Senate Tuesday: “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people ”.
McConnell spoke six days after the Democratic-led House accused Trump of inciting the Jan.6 attack. A Senate trial is expected to begin in the next few days on whether to convict Trump and perhaps bar him from holding federal office again.
After years of supporting Trump with little criticism of him, the influential McConnell has said he has not decided whether he would vote to convict him. His decision may be critical because in a Senate that will be split 50-50 between the two parties, it would take 17 Republicans to join all Democrats by the two-thirds margin necessary for conviction.
Joe Biden will replace Trump as president at noon on Wednesday.
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book “Because He’s Jeff Goldblum,” a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.