WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 24, 2021)—today several Republican made their rounds on Sunday talk shows–to discuss the February 8th upcoming impeachment trial. But, many of the Republican senators have reservations about impeaching a former President of the United States although the Democrats say that its constitutional.
“The plain text of the Constitution, which states that “[t]he President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment … and Conviction,” could be read to support the requirement that the process only applies to officials who are holding office
during impeachment proceedings.” President Trump is no longer in office and can not be removed from office of the President. And since Trump can not be removed from the office of the president, he is entitled to all benefits as other form presidents.
“Well first of all, I think the trial is stupid,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told “Fox News Sunday.” “I think it’s counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country and [impeachment is] taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire.”
Rubio believes Trump “bears responsibility for some of what happened” during the deadly riot at the Capitol earlier this month but that he does not believe impeachment is the right way to address the matter. He also said it would be “arrogant” to say Trump should be barred from running for office again.
“The first chance I get to vote to end this trial I will do it because I think it’s bad for America,” he said. “If you want to hold people accountable, there’s other ways to do it, particularly for president.”
Moving forward with the impeachment will “make it harder to get important things done, and it’s just going to continue to fuel these divisions that have paralyzed the country and have turned us into a country of people that hate each other,” added Senator Rubio Sunday.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., called the impeachment trial “a moot point.”
“Because I think right now Donald Trump is no longer the president, he is former president,” Rounds said, adding he does not believe the impeachment of a former president is constitutionally viable and that a trial will take away from other agenda items for the Senate, including the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet.
A Congressional Research Service report noted that although the Constitution does not explicitly say whether a former president can be impeached, scholars “who have closely examined the question have concluded that Congress has authority to extend the impeachment process to officials who are no longer in office.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., made it clear Friday that a trial would begin in early February under an agreement struck between Democrats and Republicans. In order to convict Trump, at least 17 Republicans would have to join all of the Democrats. If convicted, the Senate could then weigh whether to prohibit Trump from a future bid for office.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has forcefully criticized Trump following the riot, has said he is undecided on whether to convict the former president. Meanwhile, Republicans like McConnell or the handful of House GOP members who voted in favor of convicting Trump have faced heavy backlash from conservatives.
During a Sunday press conference, Schumer said the trial will be “fair” but “it will move relatively quickly and not take up too much time because we have so much else to do, but at the same time it will be fair.”
“Mitch McConnell will not dictate to the Senate what we should do and how we should proceed,” he added.
In an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., refused to say the election was not stolen from Trump — the sentiment that led to the Jan. 6 assault in the first place. For months, Trump and his allies made false claims about widespread voter fraud and other election integrity issues.
Paul pledged to spend the next two years investigating the election and said he “won’t be cowed by liberals in the media who say there’s no evidence here and you’re a liar if you talk about election fraud.”
On “Meet the Press,” Rounds said that while he believes “the election was fair,” he supports investigating in order to “show it to the American people.”
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he will decide how to vote in the impeachment trial after he is presented with the case. Romney was the only Republican to vote in favor of Trump’s conviction during his first impeachment trial last year.
He added that he believes it’s “pretty clear” a post-presidential impeachment is constitutional and that it was appropriate for Trump to be impeached by the House.
“I believe that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offense,” he said. “If not, what is?”
On “This Week,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., pointed to the 1876 impeachment trial of former Secretary of War William Belknap — who was tried after resigning office — as a precedent for the impeachment trial of a former official.
“I think we’re going to get more and more evidence over the next few weeks — as if it’s not enough that he’s sent an angry mob down [the National Mall] to invade the Capitol, didn’t try to stop it and a police officer was killed,” Klobuchar said. “I don’t really know what else you need to know. The facts were there. We saw it right there on the platform during the inauguration, as you could still see the spray paint at the bottom of many of the columns.”
Source: NBC worte the original article.