GOP Senators Hang Trump Out To Dry

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Several GOP lawmakers immediately defended former President Donald Trump following the revelation that he had been informed he was the target of an investigation related to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. However, there were many GOP Senators who were not as forthcoming with defending Trump in this case.

Trump has repeatedly in the past been accused of having encouraged a mob of his supporters to enter the capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 and had then proceeded to wait until protesters dispersed. Trump is expecting to be indicted in relation to this case, which could potentially be a problem for those Republicans who are critical of Trump.

The former President continues to be popular in the Republican race and is currently the clear frontrunner in the party’s primary race leading by more than 30 points in most polls.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who has allegedly not spoken with Trump since December 2020 has not made any remarks regarding the news that Trump might be indicted. His top two deputies, Senate Republican Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) have also been cautious in commenting about the case.

Thune, when asked about the legitimacy of special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, responded by stating that it all depended on if there were any laws that were broken. He added that he was not entirely sure of what evidence and case they were looking at but that this information would be revealed soon.

Cornyn also avoided providing an answer on whether or not the Department of Justice had any right or authority to look into whether Trump broke the laws on that day.

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