Instead, they relied on the absurd technicality that the president was no longer in office, and therefore could not be convicted.
That was the rationale of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who accused Trump of a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” and afterward voted to acquit.
McConnell then suggested that Trump could be criminally prosecuted, comfortable in the suspicion that would never happen.
Other Republicans, including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, insisted that seeking accountability for an attempted coup would be “incredibly divisive,” and was therefore not worth doing.
After voting to acquit, Cruz said, “Donald Trump used heated language, but he did not urge anyone to commit acts of violence.”
Even without this information, the Senate should have convicted Trump.
Joining with Democrats to hold Trump accountable would have done too much damage to the party. »