Pelosi says censorship is no substitute for impeachment after Trump’s second Senate acquittal

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a cameo appearance at the House managers’ press conference after 57% of the Senate, and not the required two-thirds, voted to convict Donald Trump in his impeachment for inciting the insurrection, indicated a congressional censorship of the former president would not meet the moment:

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“’We censure people for using office supplies for the wrong purpose. We don’t blame people for inciting an insurrection that kills people on Capitol Hill. ‘ ”

The speaker appeared to refer to the 2010 bipartisan censorship of former Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel, who, along with additional alleged violations, misused Congressional letterhead to send donations solicitation emails to a New York college named in his honor.

An ABC / Ipsos poll released Monday showed that a nearly equal proportion of the US population as the US Senate believed that Trump deserved to be condemned for words and actions that culminated in the deadly siege on 6 January to the US Capitol by Trump supporters. (In the Senate, seven Republicans joined all Democrats and independents in finding Trump guilty of incitement.) Pelosi was responding to a question about possible Trump censorship from a journalist as he walked away from the Saturday afternoon press conference. He said he had only chosen to join House managers on press availability to rebut Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s claim that while Trump was essentially guilty of the charges, the Senate lacked jurisdiction in the matter because Trump was no longer in office. Don’t Miss: McConnell: “ Trump Remains Responsible For Everything He Did ” – Read Full Speech Trump, Pelosi noted, remained president on Jan. 13, when the House impeachment him a second time, and was a Republican leader McConnell, who notified the House of Representatives that the Senate was not willing to receive the impeachment article until inauguration day, January 20. Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat with whom McConnell has traded positions in the Senate in the wake of the 2020 election, had tried to hire emergency powers to call the Senate into session to start a trial immediately after the impeachment vote. of the House, but McConnell successfully stopped him. Read on: Support for the 9/11 Commission-style Capitol Siege Investigation Grows