In a statement released Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he does not favor lowering any of the penalties of those who have pled guilty to offenses relating to the storming of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he opposes leniency for those who pleaded guilty to committing crimes during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump https://t.co/BmFgi3B9U8 pic.twitter.com/OZkuEOQEV3
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 1, 2022
“I would not be in favor of shortening any of the sentences for any of the people who pleaded guilty to crimes,” McConnell said when asked about former President Trump’s statement over the weekend that he would consider pardons for people who attempted to prevent the certification of President Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. “I would not be in favor of shortening any of the sentences for any of the people who pleaded guilty to crimes,” McConnell said.
“The victor of the 2020 presidential election was declared by the Electoral College on December 14, 2020, which marked the end of the election cycle.” We saw on the 6th of January an attempt to block the peaceful transition of power from one government to another, which had never occurred in our nation prior to that.
Senator Mitch McConnell said that 165 persons who were connected to a violent takeover of the Capitol more than one year ago had “pleaded guilty to crimes.”
Mitch McConnell, Steve Scalise and Elise Stefanik have each been quietly helping to fill up the campaign coffers of Members who voted to impeach Trump. Mitch’s PAC gave to Cheney and Murkowski, Scalise gave to a whopping 5 House impeachment voters. https://t.co/PWg14wGCvN
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) February 1, 2022
The Republican leader did not respond to the second portion of a reporter’s question, which questioned if Trump had the moral authority to serve as president again in the near future.
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Trump caused further controversy during a speech in Texas on Saturday when he mentioned the prospect of awarding pardons to the protestors who were arrested on Jan. 6.
In the event that he wins, he stated, “we will treat those folks fairly starting on January 6.” Because they are being handled so unjustly, we will grant them pardons if the situation calls for it.
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