Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took aim at former President Donald Trump when asked about his reaction to the former president’s Jan. 6 criminal referral to the Justice Department on Monday.
“The whole nation knows who is responsible for this day. Beyond that, I have no direct observations.” McConnell to reporters when asked about the findings of the House Select Committee.
The committee, led by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), recommended the DOJ indict Trump, 76, on charges of inciting or aiding a riot, obstructing an official process, and making false statements to investigators and conspiracy to defraud the US government.
The panel had said it uncovered evidence Trump had presented that he knew was wrong regarding the 2020 presidential election in order to change the outcome of the election.
McConnell previously blamed Trump on Jan. 6 in the Senate in February 2021, after the former president was acquitted of inciting a riot in his impeachment trial.
“There is no question that President Trump has a practical and moral responsibility for provoking the events of this day,” said McConnell, who voted to acquit Trump for leaving office.
Trump has repeatedly attacked McConnell and his wife, former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, since leaving the White House, calling McConnell a “disaster” and a “broken hacker” and his wife “China-loving.”
Some Senate Republicans said Monday they disagreed with McConnell’s assessment.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) told CNN on Monday, “I’ve never seen a poll like this,” when asked about the Senate GOP leader’s comments.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who is a member of McConnell’s executive team, said the House investigation was not credible, but added, “I don’t deny that people saw it with their own eyes” when asked was over McConnell’s comment.
Sen. Kevin Cramer (RN.D.) replied: “I don’t know who he thinks was responsible, but to me the people responsible for January 6, the people who got into the building illegally, were people who stormed over cordons and broke down windows and doors and illegally entered the United States Capitol.”
The former president brushed off the panel’s referral to the DOJ on Monday, writing in a statement posted to his Truth Social account, “These people don’t understand that if they’re after me, people who love the freedom to gather around me. It strengthens me. What does not kill me, makes me stronger. Americans know that on January 6th I pushed for 20,000 troops to prevent violence and that I went on TV and told everyone to go home.”
https://nypost.com/2022/12/20/mcconnell-takes-aim-at-trump-for-jan-6-entire-nation-knows-who-is-responsible/ “The whole nation knows who is responsible”