The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the President and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like. But we pressed on, we stood together.
- On Tuesday, the Senate convened for the first time since January 7, when Congress resumed counting electoral college votes late into the night following the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
- WHY IT MATTERS: Sen. McConnell’s remarks come ahead of the Senate’s second impeachment trial of Pres. Trump. Although he’ll no longer be the Senate Majority Leader come Wednesday, leaving a 50-50 partisan divide in the Senate where Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will cast the tiebreaking vote as Vice President (and Senate president), his remarks may still serve to shape the way the Senate votes on the article of impeachment against Pres. Trump, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” in connection to the riot.
- FYI: On Tuesday, Sen. McConnell, who will soon become the Senate Minority Leader, and the current Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who will soon become the Senate Majority Leader, moved toward a power-sharing agreement, based on a similar agreement agreed upon by the Senate leaders in 2001 – the last time there was a 50-50 split in the Senate.
by Jenna Lee,