The spokesman went a step further, saying that if some members of Congress were shown to work with members of the group that attacked the Capitol, they – like Trump – would be accessories to crimes committed during the riot.
“And the crime has been murder in some cases,” Pelosi said said. “And this president is a companion of this crime because he instigated this riot that caused these deaths and this destruction.”
While a number of officials, including District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, have said they would look into the role Trump played in the riots, none have so far indicated that the president would be a companion of the deaths who appeared in the rioters’ attempts to block the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the spokesman’s insinuation that Trump’s words led to death in the Capitol.
Pelosi’s comments are the strongest language Democrats have used about Trump’s role in the riot.
While most Republicans have refused to cross Trump, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who has said little in defense of the president since the riots, went to the Senate Tuesday to blame Trump.
“The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people. And they tried, with fear and violence, to stop a certain practice of the first branch of the federal government that they did not like. But we kept going. “
House Democrats, which were joined by 10 Republicans, voted last week to charge Trump with incitement to insurrection. Pelosi didn’t say when the impeachment article would be sent to the Senate for trial, but indicated in her interview that it would be “soon”.