Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell opined in the Wall Street Journal on Monday that he would be fine with having President Trump arrested and prosecuted, saying that Trump could still be “tried and punished in the ordinary tribunals.”
Mitch added that the real reason he didn’t vote to impeach Trump was that the Constitution doesn’t allow the impeachment of former officeholders.
McConnell went on to state that “there is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility [for the January 6th riot]. 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.”
The “unhinged falsehoods” President Trump had been echoing are exactly what McConnell himself claimed the president had a right to take to the courts, and what over three-quarters of Republicans believe – that the election was stolen, and that Democrats rigged the process.
McConnell is currently the most powerful Republican officeholder in America.