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McConnell says attack on Capitol ‘provoked’ by Trump; Pence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump exit

Bloomberg reports:

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the mob that stormed the Capitol Jan. 6 was “fed lies” and “provoked by the president” and others into a violent and deadly rampage.

McConnell’s words on the Senate floor Tuesday were some of the strongest he’s used to tie President Donald Trump directly to the attack that disrupted the certification of the Electoral College votes that elected Joe Biden as the next president.

“The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said, referring to baseless allegations of voter fraud in the presidential election that were advanced by Trump and some of his high-profile supporters. “They tried to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government, which they did not like.” [Continue reading…]

The Hill reports:

Vice President Pence is not expected to attend a send-off for President Trump at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday, joining a host of other GOP officials who have declined to see the president off for his official departure from the White House. [Continue reading…]

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