Published: Thu, January 14, 2021

Trump condemns violence in video release

Trump condemns violence in video release

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who leads the Republicans in the House, acknowledged that President Trump was "not free of fault" as "he failed to take action" when needed. One person I talked to, a former Trump campaign adviser, said that he was harassed at an airport for hearing and telling someone that Vice President Pence did the right thing by not pulling back on the election count. The Senate conducted routine business in the morning, then Impeachment trials in the afternoon. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office said Wednesday that the chamber, which Republicans now hold, will not convene again until the transfer of power is complete.

Days after pro-Trump supporters smashed their way into the Capitol building in a bid to overturn Biden's election win, the United Nations was asking "political leaders not to encourage their followers to commit violence or to incite violence", United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Trump's impeachment trial a year ago lasted nearly three weeks.

As lawmakers debated impeachment, the White House issued a statement in which Trump called for calm. "Now I am asking everyone who has ever believed in our agenda to be thinking of ways to ease tensions, calm tempers and help to promote peace in our country".

The resolution holds Mr Trump responsible for the Jan 6 mob attack on the Capitol building that led to the death of at least five people and desecrated the temple of American democracy.

CNN reports that though Trump's aides were not clear if the President was serious about his instructions given he's lashing out at almost everyone after the events of his second impeachment.

For Republicans, it was more complex. The New York Times reported on Tuesday night that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was "pleased" that Trump was on the verge of being impeached and hoped that the process would allow the party to make a clean break with a president.

A Senate conviction would require 17 Republicans to break ranks, an unlikely but not impossible outcome given alleged appetites to distance themselves from the sitting President.

In the end, they decided making Trump a twice-impeached president, despite coming in the final week of his presidency, was their most effective move.

But he was ultimately acquitted by the Republican-dominated Senate and remained in office.

Many other McConnell allies haven't ruled out impeachment and aren't up until 2024 or 2026 either, somewhat insulating them from the wrath of Trump loyalists.

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