Nancy Pelosi singled out Republican leader Mitch McConnell during her appearance at the post-verdict press conference. Speaker Pelosi blasted McConnell for delaying Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, then saying that he couldn’t vote to convict the former president because the trial took place after Trump left office.
At the House managers’ press conference, Pelosi revisited the reason for the timing of the trial. The Daily Mail reported on Speaker Pelosi’s recap of the situation and how McConnell “refused to accept the impeachment article against Trump before Joe Biden’s inauguration.”
It was clear that Pelosi was angry at McConnell; she said, “So for him to get up there and make this indictment against the president and then say, ‘but I can’t vote for it because it’s after the fact.’ The fact that he established! The fact that he established that it could not be delivered after the inauguration.”
Pelosi was reacting to a statement Sen. McConnell made after he voted to acquit former President Trump, stating that the House managers made their case. According to NBC News, the GOP leader said Trump’s actions were a “disgraceful dereliction of duty.” McConnell went on to say, “There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it.”