(Tea Party PAC) – The moment President Donald Trump left Washington D.C. was the moment that Sen. Mitch McConnel (KY) became the most powerful Republican in the capital.
That is not a good thing.
McConnell is the quintessential old guard GOP establishment hack who is going to let the Democrats run wild with the constitution and the Deep State assume full, complete control of our federal government yet again.
He has come out swinging just as Trump in, some of his first comments since leaving office, strongly derided swamp creature McConnell and the establishment Republican Party as a whole.
While McConnell voted to acquit Trump in his post-presidency impeachment trial, he has pushed criminal charges be brought instead and is doubling-down on this insane notion in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.
In comments made on the Senate floor Saturday before the chamber voted that Trump was not guilty of inciting the January 6th riots, McConnell nonetheless ripped the former president for a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” and his attempt to “overturn the election.”
He declared the activists who stormed the Capitol—many of whom were openly left-wing, by the way—were “fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on earth,” and that Trump was “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.”
McConnell then declared that Trump could still be tried in the criminal justice system.
On Tuesday, his WSJ piece stated that former officials are “still liable to be tried and punished in the ordinary tribunals of justice.”
“There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility,” for the riots, he declared.
“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,” he continued.
“I was as outraged as any member of Congress. But senators take our own oaths. Our job wasn’t to find some way, any way, to inflict a punishment. The Senate’s first and foundational duty was to protect the Constitution,” he continued.
McConnell explained that scholars and his colleagues disagree as to whether the Senate can try and convict former officers, but after “intense study,” he has concluded that Article II, Section 4 limits impeachment and conviction to current officers.”
This is the only reason he voted to convict. Fair—but it is nonetheless chilling that he’s now moved onto the even more dangerous precedent of trying a man for inciting a riot because he said we should “fight” in a political speech.
“The Constitution presupposes that anyone convicted by the Senate must have an office from which to be removed. This doesn’t mean leaving office provides immunity from accountability. Former officials are ‘still liable to be tried and punished in the ordinary tribunals of justice.’ Criminal law and civil litigation ensure there is no so-called January exemption,” McConnell firmly stated.
Are they really going down this path?
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