For the first time, Senator Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he believed that the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 had been “provoked by the president and other powerful people.’

This marks the first time the Republican leader has stated that he finds Trump responsible for the riot.

“The mob was fed lies,” Mr. McConnell said, referring to attempts by Mr. Trump to overturn the election based on bogus claims of voter fraud. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like.”

While McConnell waffles on whether to impeach the President — and the Republican party waits with bated breath — this is the first indication that he may convict the President.

Reminder: It takes 17 Republicans to join all 50 Democrats to find the soon to be ex-President guilty.