Mitch McConnell Thinks Trump Impeachment Trial Negates Need For 1/6 Commission
While Democrats in Congress fight for a January 6th Commission to investigate the causes of the insurrection attempt by Donald Trump’s mob, and determine what actions must be taken to prevent recurrences, some (many) Republicans are fighting to prevent it. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is among these.
Speaking Thursday, McConnell indicated that there would be no need for the commission, because it wouldn’t uncover any additional information about the insurrection attempt, and Donald Trump’s role in it. He went on to call the initial proposal “rigged and partisan,” and to suggest that the focus should be on “healing.”
McConnell: and obviously the role of the former President has already been litigated exhaustively in the high profile impeachment trial… I do not believe the additional extraneous commission that Democratic leaders want would uncover crucial new facts or promote healing pic.twitter.com/fZMFPT0o4w
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2021
McConnell has publicly stated that Donald Trump holds responsibility for the attack on the Capitol Building, Congress, and the U.S. elections. In fact, CBS reported in February that, despite voting ‘not guilty’ on Trump’s impeachment charges, the Kentucky Senator said that he recognized Trump as being “practically and morally responsible.”
“This was an intensifying crescendo of conspiracy theories orchestrated by an outgoing president who seemed determined to either overturn the voters’ decision or else torch our institutions on the way out.”
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a statement, saying that McConnell and other Republicans should stop opposing the commission, since Democrats have been willing to accommodate their demands, and suggested that it was in fact McConnell who is being purely political.
My statement on the January 6th Commission: pic.twitter.com/ZfNhQfKzmh
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) May 27, 2021
Manchin said that McConnell is making decisions focused on the 2022 elections, rather than on truth. However, if he’s hoping to win the approval of Trump, and by extension, Trump’s most ardent supporters, McConnell may have a long way to go — Trump continues to blog about the Senate Minority Leader, calling him “weak and pathetic” for not helping overturn the election.