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Mob was 'provoked' by Trump 'lies': McConnell

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"The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people," McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor.

The U.S. House of Representatives last Wednesday impeached Trump for a second time. The Senate has yet to schedule a trial to determine Trump's guilt or innocence.

McConnell last week said he would listen to the arguments presented during the Senate trial before deciding how to vote on the impeachment charge of inciting an insurrection that resulted in the siege of the Capitol.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who is poised to become Senate majority leader in the coming days, said in a Senate speech that Trump "is a threat to our constitutional order whether he is in or out of office."

Video Transcript

MITCH MCCONNELL: Mr President.

- The Majority Leader.

MITCH MCCONNELL: The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals who tried to stop Congress from doing our duty. 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 and said an angry mob would not veto power over the rule of law in our nation, not even for one night. We certified the peoples' choice for their 46th president. Tomorrow President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be sworn in. We'll have a safe and successful inaugural right here on the West front of the Capitol-- the space that President Bush, 41, called, "Democracy's front porch."