Little is known of the riot even today.
It doesn’t take a lawyer to see that Trump urged his supporters to try and overturn the election results through public disruption.
In the show trials, Nazi prosecutors tried people accused of political offenses; virtually all were convicted, most receiving death sentences.
That leaves Republicans in a precarious position as they try to forge a winning coalition in the 2022 elections for control of Congress and a 2024 White House race that might include Trump.
"While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute."
While the majority of Republican senators sided with Trump and backed his acquittal, seven Republican senators joined the Democrats and voted to convict the Republican former president.
The final vote was 57 guilty and 43 not guilty.
McConnell was not the only Republican to castigate Trump for his behavior after voting for acquittal.
Trump is the first US president to be impeached twice and the first to face trial after leaving office. If convicted, the Senate could then vote to bar him from running for office again.
"Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are," Trump reportedly told House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.