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Mitch McConnell says he will vote to acquit Trump

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Mitch McConnell says he will vote to acquit Trump

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday told fellow Republican senators that he intends to vote to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, according to multiple reports.

Politico first reported that McConnell (R-Ky.) announced the decision in a letter to colleagues, though not all had read it before arriving to the Senate on Saturday for the expected final day of the trial, beginning at 10 am.

The news all but assures that Trump will be acquitted in a mostly party-line vote.

McConnell was among Trump’s sharpest critics on the right following the riot that left five dead including four rioters and US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.

McConnell said last month that the rioters were “provoked by the president” and his wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, was the first Trump cabinet member to resign over the violence.

But he also voted with 43 other GOP senators that the proceeding was unconstitutional since Trump is already out of office.

And Republican senators have been largely unswayed by the presentations of Democratic House impeachment managers. Many said they cannot overlook their belief that the Constitution doesn’t allow for impeachment trials of ex-presidents. Others said they don’t believe Democrats proved Trump incited the mob with a pre-riot speech.

The McConnell choice measn any chance for Democrats to get a convistion is all but dead, and it had already been a very loingshot.

Democrats must win over 17 Republicans to convict Trump and ban him from holding office again. They are expected to fall short of the threshold after winning just six GOP votes Tuesday on whether the trial is constitutional.

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Police searching for motorcyclist accused of shooting Texas officer

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Police searching for motorcyclist accused of shooting Texas officer

Texas authorities are searching for a motorcyclist who allegedly shot a police officer during a traffic stop on Sunday night, a report said.

The suspected shooter was identified by authorities as 43-year-old Royce Wood. He allegedly shot a Rhome police officer in the leg near the intersection of Farm-to-Market roads 407 and 2264 in Wise County, NBC DFW reported.

Wood was driving a motorcycle with a female passenger when they were stopped. One of them matched the description of the suspect wanted in a Saturday night home invasion, authorities said.

After the shooting, Wood fled the scene on foot. The female passenger was taken into custody.

The injured officer was hospitalized in stable condition.

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Spectators injured by out-of-control vehicle at Texas mud racing event

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Spectators injured by out-of-control vehicle at Texas mud racing event

Eight people, including spectators, were injured Sunday at a Texas mud racing event after an out-of-control vehicle plowed through a guard rail, a report said.

Three of the victims were critically injured in the crash at a track in Fabens, KTSM reported, citing authorities. The other five people suffered non-life threatening injuries.

It was not immediately known what caused the driver to exit the track and crash. Three other vehicles were also hit, the report said.

A medevac helicopter was spotted at the event, along with several ambulances.

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Two children shot and critically injured in Cincinnati

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Two children shot and critically injured in Cincinnati

Two young children, ages 6 and 8, were among four victims in a shooting in Cincinnati on Saturday night, a report said.

The youngsters were critically injured and the other two victims — teen males — were left with non-life threatening wounds from the 6:15 p.m. shooting at McHenry and Cavanaugh avenues, WLWT reported, citing police.

The children were not the intended targets, according to Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

“We are all outraged that two children have been caught in the crossfire of a shooting last night,” Cranley said in a statement to the news outlet.

Police did not immediately reveal further information on the shooting, including any suspect descriptions or possible motives.

Cranley said the department is working on “strong leads.”

“We are confident the police will bring these violent criminals to justice,” the mayor said in his statement.

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