Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he never wants to speak to President Donald Trump again after the events at the US Capitol on Wednesday, according to The Washington Post.
The president has been accused of inciting the riot by urging his supporters at a rally on Wednesday “to fight” and march to the Capitol, where Congress was counting electoral votes and confirming Joe Biden as the president-elect.
After the Capitol was secured and Congress reconvened more than six hours later, McConnell condemned the protesters.
“The United States Senate will not be intimidated,” he said. “We will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs, or threats. We will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation. We are back at our posts. We will discharge our duty under the Constitution and for our nation.”
He continued, “Even during an ongoing armed rebellion and the Civil War, the clockwork of our democracy has carried on. The United States and the United States Congress have faced down much greater threats than the unhinged crowd we saw today.”
“They tried to disrupt our democracy. They failed,” he said. “This failed insurrection only underscores how crucial the task before us is for our republic.”
Congress finished counting the electoral votes shortly before 4 a.m. ET on Thursday, finalizing Biden’s victory.
On Thursday night, Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney in Washington, DC, indicated that federal prosecutors were investigating Trump’s role in inciting the insurrection.
“We are looking at all actors here, not only the people that went into the building, but … were there others that maybe assisted or facilitated or played some ancillary role in this,” Sherwin told reporters in a phone call.
The Washington Post reported that when Sherwin was asked whether that included Trump, he said, “We are looking at all actors here, and anyone that had a role, if the evidence fits the element of a crime, they’re going to be charged.”
After Sherwin’s comments, the president released a video condemning the violence at the Capitol.