Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is in very hot water with his GOP colleagues for brief remarks he made Monday after the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol referred former president Donald Trump to the Justice Department on four criminal complaints.

Asked about what had transpired with the committee, McConnell commented:

“The entire nation knows who is responsible for that day. Beyond that, I don’t have any immediate observations.”

Even though McConnell didn’t mention Trump by name, according to CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju, some Republican senators didn’t exactly agree with what the Kentucky senator had said, explaining:

“Well, they are divided over that. Many of them saying it’s up to the Justice Department. And others criticizing the committee altogether. In one surprising statement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who says very little about January 6th, issued a statement saying ‘The entire nation knows who is responsible for that day. Beyond that, I don’t have any immediate observations.’ Now, I put a question to other Republicans about whether they agree with that, including Senator Rick Scott, who responded, ‘I haven’t seen a poll like that.’ Other Republicans also aligning themselves with Scott saying they don’t agree with Mitch McConnell.”

Raju added:

“I did ask Senator John Thune, who is the number two Republican, about the committee’s investigation and whether or not he believes they were credible. He said that, ‘They did interview a lot of folks that had a lot of knowledge about what happened. And I think there were people who I think were very credible.’ He went on to say he needs to review the report further. But breaking from a lot of Republicans who simply say that the committee was partisan, even saying that the committee’s results cannot be trusted. A lot of the Republicans were saying that. But some keeping an open mind, and others who have been critical of Donald Trump, Senator Mitt Romney said his view is very clear that Donald Trump was responsible for what happened on January 6th. And many of them just … watching very closely what the Justice Department decides to do.”

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