Trump breaks post-impeachment trial silence to lash out at Mitch McConnell

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McConnell delivered scathing remarks about Trump on the Senate floor after voting to acquit him in the impeachment trial, even suggesting he might be criminally prosecuted for his actions leading up to the January 6 Capitol attack.

FORMER US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has launched a personal attack on senior Republican Mitch McConnell, calling him a "dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack". Chao, who was born in Taiwan to a wealthy shipping family, served as the transportation secretary in the Trump cabinet, till she resigned after the January 6 mob attack.

Minutes after the Senate voted Saturday, the Senate's longest-serving Republican leader said Trump's actions surrounding the attack on Congress were "a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty".

A spokesperson for McConnell did not immediately return requests for comment. However, he voted later that day to acquit the former U.S. president on the single impeachment charge of "incitement of insurrection".

CNN reported last month that McConnell had indicated he believed that impeaching Trump would make it easier to get rid of the former President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

He also said McConnell "begged" for his endorsement in the senator's home state of Kentucky while running for re-election past year - and suggested he would work to defeat McConnell and his Republican allies, saying he planned to "back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great". And he expressed surprise and mild bemusement at the hatchet-burying mission made to Mr Trump's private club in Palm Beach, Florida, by Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader.

What Mr McConnell has not done, though, is openly declare political war on Mr Trump in the fashion that the former president did to him on Tuesday.

But if Mr McConnell was not eager to begin an open and protracted feud with Mr Trump, at least not yet, the freshly acquitted, ever-pugnacious and newly de-platformed former president was happy to do so. Trump adviser Jason Miller said an "earlier (version of the) statement was likely tougher".

"What I would say to Senator McConnell: I know Trump can be a handful, but he is the most dominant figure in the Republican Party", th South Carolina Republican continued.

Of the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, the statement added: "Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again".

"Without my endorsement, McConnell would have lost, and lost badly".