House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly crashed the post-trial press conference of the House impeachment manager and raged against Mitch McConnell.
She also called out Republicans’ ‘cowardly’ vote to stop former President Donald Trump from being convicted for inciting the Capitol riot on January 6.
Speaking to reporters on the final day of the Senate proceedings, Pelosi said: “It had not been my intention to come to this press availability.
“But what we saw today was a cowardly group of Republicans who apparently have no options because they were afraid to defend their job – respect the institution in which they serve.
“But why I came over was because I listened to Mitch McConnell.”
According to reports, McConnell took the Senate floor after Democrats failed to reach the two-thirds votes required to convict Trump. He argued Congress no longer had jurisdiction over Trump’s actions as he is no longer in office.
Pelosi furiously recounted the events of January where McConnell refused to accept the impeachment article against the former president before the inauguration of Joe Biden.
“So for him to get up there and make this indictment against the president and then say, ‘but I can’t vote for it because it’s after the fact.’ The fact that he established! The fact that he established that it could not be delivered after the inauguration,” she said.
She continued: “Oh these cowardly senators who couldn’t face up to what the president did and what was at stake for our country are now going to have a chance to give a little slap on the wrist.”
“We censure people for using stationary for the wrong purpose,” Pelosi said as she picked up some papers from the podium and waved them around.
“We don’t censure people for inciting insurrections.”
Pelosi claimed Republicans voted to not convict the former president as they “can’t get another job” and wanted to make sure that they are elected again.
“What is so important about any one of us, what is so important about the political survival about any one of us that is more important than our Constitution that we take an oath to protect and defend?” she angrily asked.
“All the things he said – oh my gosh – about Donald Trump and how horrible he was, and is, and then say but the time that the House chose to bring it over – no we didn’t, you chose not to receive it,” she expressed.
Pelosi tried to leave the room twice but returned to the podium to add more.
“Remember when he talked about, when he talked about incitement, he said he didn’t think this rose to the level,” she said. “So he was hedging all over the place.”
She added: “I don’t know if it was for donors, or what, or whatever it was, it was a very disingenuous speech and I say that regretfully because I always want to be able to work with the leadership of the other party.”
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