Democratic Pennsylvania Rep. Madeleine Dean said Monday that history will remember Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for “disgraceful dereliction of duty.”
“I hope that history will record that a majority of the Senate, 57 senators, stood and issued their verdict of guilty of this president of high crimes and misdemeanors,” Dean told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.” (RELATED: ‘An Absurd Deflection’: McConnell Accuses Trump Allies Of Using 74 Million Voters ‘As A Human Shield)
“It did not meet the constitutional threshold of two thirds, but it was the most bipartisan impeachment in history. I think history will record the shame, the disgraceful nature of this presidency and certainly that he was impeached twice,” Dean told Berman.
The Senate voted 57-43 on whether to convict the former president on Saturday. Seven Senate Republicans voted in favor of conviction with Democrats, but fell short of the 67 votes needed.
The House voted 232-197 on Jan. 13 to impeach Trump for a second time, charging him with a single article of “incitement of insurrection” after a mob of Trump followers breached the Capitol building on Jan. 6.
The mob had breached the building during a protest which turned into a deadly riot against the Electoral College’s certification of the presidential election results.
Dean decried McConnell’s low “level of political courageousness.”
“I stood in the chamber after the closing arguments as they voted. And each senator literally stands and says his or her verdict,” Dean told Berman. “So we watched as Mitch McConnell stood and said not guilty and then within minutes he stood in that same place and said ‘there is no question that [President] Trump is practically and morally responsible’ and he called the president’s actions ‘a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty.'”
“I think history will record that Mitch McConnell is guilty of a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty,” Dean said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi picked Dean to be one of nine impeachment managers for Trump’s trial on Jan. 12, according to The New York Times.
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