Republican senators 'cowardly': Pelosi

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scoffed at the "cowardly" Senate Republicans who voted to acquit Donald Trump of inciting the Capitol siege.

With the impeachment trial over, some Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate have suggested censure as an option.

The Democratic Speaker panned those efforts as grossly inadequate in the face of the violent attack on the nation's seat of power. Five people died.

"What we saw in that Senate today was a cowardly group of Republicans who apparently have no options because they were afraid to defend their job," she said at the Capitol on Saturday.

"We censure people for using stationery for the wrong purpose. We don't censure people for inciting insurrection that kills people in the Capitol."

Pelosi also denounced Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for not allowing the House to deliver the impeachment charge to the Senate while Trump was still in the White House.

McConnell was majority leader in the previous Senate term.

Pelosi joined House prosecutors at a media conference at the Capitol following the Senate impeachment trial.