CONGRESS/IMPEACHMENT/MITCH MCCONNELL: “Jan. 6 was a shameful day. A mob bloodied law enforcement and besieged the first branch of government. American citizens tried to use terrorism to stop a democratic proceeding they disliked.
There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility. His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone. His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended…
But after intense study, I concluded that Article II, Section 4 limits impeachment and conviction to current officers… The instant Donald Trump ceased being the president, he exited the Senate’s jurisdiction.”
Mitch McConnell, “Acquittal Vindicated the Constitution, Not Trump,” wsj.com, Feb. 15, 2021