On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell diverted all questions relating to the indictment of former President Donald Trump while speaking with reporters.
In late March, Trump became the first U.S. President, sitting or former, to be facing criminal charges. A grand jury issued an indictment against him in connection to his role in the hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence about their affair. Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoings as well as the affair.
Throughout this time, McConnell has not made any comments about Trump’s indictment and arraignment, which has resulted in many Republicans calling out the Manhattan District Attorney leading the case. Even Trump’s potential presidential rival Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had claimed that Florida would not assist in any extradition efforts against Trump.
During the press conference, McConnell refused to discuss his opinion about Trump’s case. When asked by a reporter, “Are you comfortable with the fact that your party’s leading candidate for president is facing criminal charges and could be facing a trial in the middle of this election?” his only response was “Well, let me put it this way, I may have hit my head but I didn’t hit it that hard. Good try.”
This was a reference to his recent accident which led to him suffering from a concussion and rib fracture. He was released from the hospital on March 13 and transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation center for physical therapy and treatment.