Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-02-13 17:18:16 –
Washington(NewsNation Now) — Minutes after voting Acquittal of former President Donald Trump on only impeachment charges Members of the Senate leaders spoke to react to the instigation of the riots at the Capitol on January 6.
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said there was “no doubt” that Trump was “practically and morally responsible for inducing a deadly attack.”
McConnell said on Saturday that he could not vote to convict Trump because he was “not constitutionally convicted” because he was no longer president.
He added that the conviction would have set a dangerous precedent that would convict the Senate of private political rivals and give them the power to forbid them to take up future jobs.
McConnell added that impeachment is a “narrow tool for narrow purposes.”
Senate leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat in New York, has risen to the Senate to condemn the acquittal of the former president.He applauded Seven Republicans who joined all 50 Democrats to vote for Trump’s conviction.
Schumer called the day of the riot Trump’s “last horrific legacy” and said that the dirt of his actions would never be “washed out.”
The Senate voted 57-43 on Saturday to acquit Trump. The conviction required 67 votes.
This is a developing story. Update for update.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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