Following a day of gut-wrenching surveillance videos depicting a violent, deadly mob teeming into the U.S. Capitol on January 6, some journalists covering Trump’s impeachment trial expressed bewilderment at how Republican senators serving as jurors would be able to vote to dismiss the charges. 

“How will they justify acquitting the man who sent a mob for them to stop the counting of electoral votes?” asked CNN, wondering if, “Republican senators will find their conscience changed, or vote the way Trump wants them to”? 

On NBC, Chuck Todd stressed that Republicans faced a difficult choice because, “History is not going to look kindly on this acquittal vote.” Specifically, he mentioned how Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was an  traditionalist who cares “about these institutions,” and that he’s “keeping an open mind” about impeachment. 

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