Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement before the Senate on Jan. 19 that the violent mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol nearly two weeks earlier was “provoked” by President Donald Trump and others in power. “The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said, adding that they “tried to use fear and violence” to stop a joint session of Congress to count Electoral College votes to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. McConnell vowed that there would be a “safe and successful” inauguration, and that Congress would move forward to address the challenges facing the nation in the coming weeks. A Senate trial on whether to convict Trump after the House impeached him for his role in the Jan. 6 attack is expected to begin in coming days. McConnell has not said how he plans to vote.
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