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Mitch McConnell says Capitol riot 'provoked by the president and other powerful people'

The House impeached Trump last week, making him the only U.S. president ever impeached twice

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https://i.cbc.ca/1.5879108.1611078345!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_780/congress-electoral-college.jpgRepublican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, seen on Jan. 6, 2020, said Tuesday from the Senate floor that the 'mob was fed lies' by the president and others ahead of the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. (Senate Television/The Associated Press)

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell opened the Senate on Tuesday saying the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol was "fed lies" by the president and others ahead of the deadly riot earlier this month that was an attempt to overturn Democrat Joe Biden's election victory.

McConnell's remarks are his most severe and public rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump.

The Republican leader vowed a "safe and successful" inauguration of Biden on Wednesday at the Capitol, which is under extremely tight security.

"The mob was fed lies," McConnell said. "They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of branch of the federal government."

McConnell said that after Biden's inauguration on the Capitol's West Front — what he noted former President George H.W. Bush called "democracy's front porch" — "We'll move forward."

WATCH | McConnell's public rebuke of Donald Trump:

Republican Mitch McConnell blamed Trump for U.S. Capitol riot

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the mob in Washington, D.C., was 'fed lies' and that President Donald Trump and others 'provoked' those who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. 1:04

Trump's last full day in office Tuesday is also the first day back for senators since the deadly violence at the Capitol, an unparalleled time of transition as the Senate presses ahead to Trump's impeachment trial and starts confirmation hearings for Biden's cabinet.

Three new Democratic senators-elect are set to be sworn into office Wednesday shortly after Biden's inauguration at the Capitol, which is under extreme security since the riot. The new senators' arrival will give the Democrats a slim majority, a 50-50 divided Senate chamber, with the new vice-president, Kamala Harris, swearing them in and serving as an eventual tie-breaking vote.

"Certainly November's elections did not hand any side a mandate for sweeping ideological change," McConnell said from the floor.

"Our marching orders from the American people are clear — we're to have a robust discussion and seek common ground," he said.

WATCH | Ex-FBI agent Jack Cloonan on the possibility of attacks on inauguration day:

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McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer are set to confer Tuesday about the arrangements ahead, according to a person familiar with the planning who was granted anonymity to discuss it.

The start of the new session of Congress will force senators to come to terms with the post-Trump era, a transfer of power like almost none other in the nation's history. Senators are returning to a Capitol shattered from the riot, but also a Senate ground to a halt by the lawmakers' own extreme partisanship.

Long list of priorities

Republican senators, in particular, face a daunting choice of whether to convict Trump of inciting the insurrection, the first impeachment trial of a president no longer in office. It would be a break with the defeated president who continues to hold great sway over the party but whose future is uncertain. Senators are also being asked to start confirming Biden's cabinet nominees and consider passage of a sweeping new $1.9 trillion US COVID-19 relief bill.

In opening remarks at his confirmation hearing, Biden's nominee for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, vowed to get to the bottom of the "horrifying" attack on the Capitol.

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Mayorkas told the Senate's homeland security committee that if confirmed he would do everything possible to ensure "the desecration of the building that stands as one of the three pillars of our democracy, and the terror felt by you, your colleagues, staff, and everyone present, will not happen again."

Five of Biden's nominees are set for hearings Tuesday as the Senate prepares for swift confirmation of some as soon as the president-elect takes office, as is often done on inauguration day, particularly for the White House's national security team.

Biden wants the Senate to toggle between confirming his nominees, considering COVID-19 relief and holding Trump accountable with the impeachment trial, a tall order for an institution that typically runs more slowly and with bitter confrontations.

Trump's impeachment is forcing Republican senators to re-evaluate their relationship with the outgoing president who is charged with inciting a mob of supporters to storm the Capitol as Congress was counting electoral college votes to confirm Biden's win. A protester died during the riot and a police officer died later of injuries; three other people involved died of medical emergencies.

WATCH | More on Trump's 2nd impeachment:

Trump becomes 1st president to be impeached twice

5 days agoVideo
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U.S. President Donald Trump has been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives for a historic second time, charged with 'incitement of insurrection.' Ten Republicans joined Democrats to vote in favour of impeachment. 11:36

The House impeached Trump last week on a sole charge, incitement of insurrection, making him the only president to be impeached twice. He had been impeached in 2019 over relations with Ukraine and was acquitted in 2020 by the Senate.

Schumer, who is poised to become the majority leader, and McConnell are set to meet Tuesday to discuss the power-sharing agreement and schedule ahead — for Trump's trial, confirming Biden's nominees and consideration of the incoming president's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

Three Democratic senators, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia, and Alex Padilla of California, were to be sworn into office Wednesday, according to the person granted anonymity to discuss planning.

Warnock and Ossoff defeated Republican incumbents in this month's runoff elections. Georgia's secretary of state is expected to certify the election results Tuesday. Padilla was tapped by California's governor to fill the remainder of Harris' Senate term.

The Senate leaders also must negotiate a power-sharing agreement for the Senate that was last split so narrowly nearly 20 years ago, as they divvy up committee assignments and other resources.

With files from CBC News

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Pompeo and many other powerful white folks are behind the Capitol riot. He informed Trump about Guyana's recent election saga and got Trump to carry out many of those shenanigans; but they forgot this is the USA, not a banana republic. Trump is flying off to Florida with his airhead supermodel wife. I wonder what Pompeo will be doing now.

If it were not for Mitch McAhole, trump would never have had the chance to pull the asinine backward stunts he was allowed. Now that the FAT lady is getting ready to sing for his idol, he has found his conscience.

@Athena posted:

Pompeo and many other powerful white folks are behind the Capitol riot. He informed Trump about Guyana's recent election saga and got Trump to carry out many of those shenanigans; but they forgot this is the USA, not a banana republic. Trump is flying off to Florida with his airhead supermodel wife. I wonder what Pompeo will be doing now.

I don't know why you guys are so down on the Don! He shook up the do-nothings, didn't he?!!! Just wait until you start questioning senile Biden! Schumer is a Zionist Jew! Guess which country he owes his allegiance to!

And Athena, Zionist Israel OWNS the US! Why haven't they made full reparations for their attack on the USS Liberty as yet?

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When all the dust settles, Trump will be reviewed by historians as a significant President. Since the civil war, there has never been a President who really challenged the diminishing of the Whites.

The period 0f 1890 to 1960 was considered by American Historians as the gilded age. And those who are of a certain age would know of Americanisn in the 50s, they were a marvel to the whole world, barbaric as the Romans but yet diplomatic as the Greeks. I am priviliged to live in one of the American centuries. I would first hear of them in 1956, Esienhower would seek his second term as President of the USA.  CBJ would curse dem everyday for his turfed out of government in 1953.

After 1960, immigrants from the under-developed world came to America with individualistic ambition, religious fanatics, racist and those who blame America for its intent. They were not of the melting pot mentality as the immigrants of early 1900s. They were more WE rather than I.

Biden needs more that 4 years to bring America back to another Gilded Age. Perhaps, in another 20 years. By that time, the young people will only have America and not some other country from where they escaped tryanny and religious persections.

@seignet posted:

When all the dust settles, Trump will be reviewed by historians as a significant President. Since the civil war, there has never been a President who really challenged the diminishing of the Whites.

The period 0f 1890 to 1960 was considered by American Historians as the gilded age. And those who are of a certain age would know of Americanisn in the 50s, they were a marvel to the whole world, barbaric as the Romans but yet diplomatic as the Greeks. I am priviliged to live in one of the American centuries. I would first hear of them in 1956, Esienhower would seek his second term as President of the USA.  CBJ would curse dem everyday for his turfed out of government in 1953.

After 1960, immigrants from the under-developed world came to America with individualistic ambition, religious fanatics, racist and those who blame America for its intent. They were not of the melting pot mentality as the immigrants of early 1900s. They were more WE rather than I.

Biden needs more that 4 years to bring America back to another Gilded Age. Perhaps, in another 20 years. By that time, the young people will only have America and not some other country from where they escaped tryanny and religious persections.

Don't you worry none, Seiggy! Covid19 is have people beg for the vaccine to send more of us to heaven! Go read the message on the Georgia Guidestones!

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Pompeo was at Andrews Airforce Base to see Trump & wife off to Florida, maybe hoping Trump finds a nice job for him. These white supremacist thugs just wanted to seal the oil contract for Exxon but claimed they were restoring democracy in Guyana. Shame, shame, shame on these whitey dogs. May the Devils roast in hell.

@Athena posted:

Pompeo was at Andrews Airforce Base to see Trump & wife off to Florida, maybe hoping Trump finds a nice job for him. These white supremacist thugs just wanted to seal the oil contract for Exxon but claimed they were restoring democracy in Guyana. Shame, shame, shame on these whitey dogs. May the Devils roast in hell.

I believe they tried to kill off Granger with the cancer (inflicted remotely by electromagnetic radiation, which I had done to me but which I cured as I'd done that about 30 years before) but desisted after I raised an alarm! I tried to contact him and tell him how to cure himself but failed! Right on the operation table in Cuba they could have killed him as they did to Hugo 'I don't want to die' Chavez, the Venezuelan idiot, friend of inFidel who had warned him the US had weapons no one outside the Pentagon or CIA knows about! Not true! I knew from what they tried on me! They can also kill by heart attack through the nerves connecting from your brain to your heart and lungs! The Spanish doctor, Jose Delgado started this with his experiments! I had to watch 2 dogs die (4 months apart in 2015), first the mother then her son) with their eyes tightly shut while they gasped for breath! The MO is: they cause heart pains which cause you to seek a doctor who gets a demo so he confirms you have a heart problem He starts recording your problem, then a few more demos, more recordings, then you receive a final zap! You're on your way to de oddur side (dogs don't get preliminaries) and the doctor's confirmation of how you died! My wife had the same expression on her face when she died! I saw her later as she was in a hospice from which a nurse called me with the bad news! I had cured the dogs of cancer before but I didn't know what was going on when they were given heart attacks!

Don't believe me, I'm quite sure! Only 'whitey' can think!

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