House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy says President Trump bears responsibility for last week's riot at the Capitol and should have immediately denounced the mob. But he says it would be a mistake to impeach Trump in such a short time frame. (Jan. 13)
McCarthy is speaking as the House debates whether to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time in about 13 months. He says "a vote to impeach would further divide this nation, a vote to impeach will further fan the flames, the partisan division."
McCarthy, a close ally of Trump over the past four years, says Trump "bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding."
But instead of impeachment, he is calling for a fact finding commission and censure resolution.
Speaking at the House impeachment proceedings, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) says that the US Capitol riot was not caused by Antifa and that President Donald Trump "bears responsibility for the attack on Congress by mob rioters." House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the president should "accept his share of responsibility," but did not support his impeachment. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump "bears a great deal of the blame," after pro-Trump mobs attacked the Capitol and forced lawmakers to flee. (Jan. 6) President Donald Trump is taking no responsibility for his role in fomenting a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. (Jan. 12)
A Capitol police officer died from injuries suffered in the riot, and police shot a woman during the violence. Three others died in what authorities said were medical emergencies.
Speaking to reporters before traveling to Texas on Tuesday, Trump says his remarks to supporters last week were "totally appropriate."
Minutes before his supporters stormed the Capitol, Trump encouraged them to march on the seat of the nation's government where lawmakers were tallying Electoral College votes affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Trump, for months, had also spread baseless claims that the November election was fraudulent, despite his own administration's findings to the contrary.
As rioters were still in the Capitol, Trump released a video seemingly excusing the events, saying of the rioters: "We love you. You're very special."