U.S. Senate leader McConnell says Trump 'provoked' Jan. 6 riot

FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives for the Electoral College vote certification for President-elect Joe Biden, during a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. Kevin Dietsch/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said in a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday that President Donald Trump “provoked” the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

“The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people,” McConnell said.

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