McConnell kicks the Trump prosecution elsewhere as Senate lets Trump off on a technicality. A disingenuous Mitch McConnell apparently agreed with the sentiment “Hang Mike Pence” and gave cover to the turtle logic of the Big Lie, while trying to keep GOP donors. Trump “got let off on a technicality”. Trump remains guilty of inciting an insurrection.
Speaker Pelosi calls out McConnell for delaying the trial so that he could have an out to acquit Trump: "It was the excuse that he used."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 13, 2021
What McConnell said today ends all legitimate debate over Trump’s responsibility for inciting violent insurrection against the United States. The Senate shamefully let Trump off on a hypocritical technicality, but the House Managers overwhelmingly proved Trump’s guilt forever.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) February 13, 2021
Seeing this played in closing arguments reminds me of four years of a seemingly unending national nightmare. The acquittal shows me the nightmare is reality. https://t.co/MExkj4SSTm
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) February 13, 2021
Trump has privately voiced concern about whether he could face charges related to the riot, multiple people say. While explaining his vote, McConnell said Trump was "practically & morally responsible" and that the legal process could address his role. Cheney has said similar.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 13, 2021
Reporting suggests that Trump, watching from Mar-a-Lago, wasn’t happy with Castor’s performance. Given his attorney’s embrace of potentially having his client arrested, one can understand why.That’s not likely to happen, mind you. While the D.C. attorney general did suggest shortly after the Capitol was overrun by a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6 that Trump himself might be charged with a misdemeanor for inciting the violence, that remains unlikely. But the discussion of Trump’s liability to criminal prosecution does serve as a reminder that this is very much still a non-theoretical threat the former president faces.
Analysis | Once impeachment is over, the threat to Trump shifts to real courtrooms https://t.co/uclENQsdxj
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) February 13, 2021
For example, we learned this week that investigators in Georgia were beginning the process of potentially bringing charges against Trump for another facet of his impeachment: his effort to get Georgia’s secretary of state to “find” enough votes in the state to give Trump a victory there in the 2020 presidential contest. (Secretary Brad Raffensperger declined to do so.)
5 years ago—Republican Senators warned what would become of their party if Trump became their nominee.
5 years later—Trump tried to overturn the results of an election and provoked an assault on our government.
And well over half of Senate Republicans decided to condone it.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 13, 2021
57 senators who voted to convict Trump represent 76.7 MILLION more Americans than 43 senators who voted to acquit.
Statement from @SpeakerPelosi: “It is so pathetic that Senator McConnell kept the Senate shut down so that the Senate could not receive the Article of Impeachment and has used that as his excuse for not voting to convict Donald Trump.”
Full statement: https://t.co/q0oLtqm9Aw
— Vladimir Duthiers (@vladduthiersCBS) February 13, 2021
Trump gloated from the Phantom zone:
“It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree. I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.” -Donald Trump
All the horrendous actions that Trump insinuates are attributable to Democrats are actually the perfect description of his own behavior while in office.
- The infamous lawbreaker championing himself as the paragon of law and order.
- The world’s most documented liar claiming the title as the arbiter of truth.
- The violent disrupter advocating peaceful and honorable debate.
- The Teflon president sliding away from responsibility for his actions yet again.
It’s enough to make you doubt the sanity of Republican senators for their inability to grasp the consequences of their votes to acquit on the rule of law — if not doubt your own mental faculties.
so to recap:
now that it’s all over, Senate Republican leader McConnell acknowledges everything Trump said after the election was a lie and everything the Democratic House managers said in their impeachment case was true
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) February 13, 2021
Donald Trump got off today with no witnesses because Mitch McConnell threatened to filibuster all other senate business during the impeachment trial.
Rather than caving in, Democrats should have voted to amend senate rules to abolish the filibuster.https://t.co/uARc0f194F
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) February 13, 2021
Translation- a possible victory tour, announcements of candidates to challenge people on his hit list, among other items. https://t.co/CGzBTccfTj
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 13, 2021
Trump lawyer has awkward moment on Fox News after being branded a 'TRAITOR' for defending insurrection https://t.co/SXmhSSwSz4
— #TuckFrump (@realTuckFrumper) February 13, 2021