O’Halleran Statement on Senate Acquittal

February 14, 2021
Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK — Today, following the United States Senate’s formal acquittal of former President Trump, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement:

“A bipartisan majority in Congress found that former President Donald Trump incited insurrectionists that attacked the Capitol while we were fulfilling our constitutional duty. The insurrection, a direct assault on our democracy, resulted in deaths and numerous injuries. The complexity of the issues and impacts to our nation must be understood and addressed.

“As I said on the House floor on January 6 after the insurrection, we need leadership. We have seen leadership and courage in the actions of the Capitol Police, D.C. Metropolitan Police, House Impeachment Managers, and the Republicans who faithfully upheld their oath to the Constitution by following the facts and voting to impeach and convict former President Donald Trump.

“We have also seen stark examples of a lack of leadership for the common good. The unrefuted evidence presented yesterday demonstrated that Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy knew that the former President denied Congressman McCarthy’s request for help and that Rep. McCarthy explained the insurrectionists were the former President’s supporters. Yet, Representative McCarthy stayed silent during the impeachment and trial.

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said before the evidence was presented that he would vote not guilty. After the evidence was presented and after finding that, “[t]here is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day.” Senator McConnell voted not guilty. In doing so, he abdicated his constitutional responsibility as a juror.

“He and the other Senators who voted to not convict owe it to the American people to explain in detail why they felt the Constitution did not allow them to vote any other way, even after the Senate upheld that it was constitutional to hold a trial for a former official. Even within his statement yesterday, Senator McConnell has not yet provided that explanation. These lawmakers need to explain why they voted the way they did after walking past the same people who risked their lives and protected the Senators and us all on January 6.”

In January, O’Halleran voted in the House to impeach Trump.