The US Senate is expected to start arguing the 45th US President Donald Trump in the week of February 8. The Epoch Times newspaper on Monday (January 25) announced the identities of 29 Republican senators who spoke out against the opening of a second impeachment session against Trump.
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Republican MPs argued that the impeachment of Mr. Trump was unconstitutional when he left office and it was a waste of time.
Republican Senator Mike Rounds (state of South Dakota) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday (January 24): “I think now Donald Trump is no longer the president; he is the former president “ and emphasizes that the US Constitution does not say that “You can impeach someone who is no longer on duty“.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton (Arkansas) also said on January 24 that the Senate lacked constitutional authority to condemn Mr. Trump when he left office.
“I think many Americans will think it’s weird that the Senate is spending time trying to convict and remove from office someone who left office a week ago.”, Added Mr. Cotton.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio (Florida) said: “I think this trial is stupid, I think it is counterproductive… I’ll vote to end this trial. I’ll do it“. Rubio said the impeachment session would do bad things for America and intensify partisan divisions.
Republican Senator John Cornyn (Texas) on Saturday (January 23) wrote on Twitter: “If the idea of impeachment and trial of former presidents is good, then what will be the former Democratic presidents when the Republican Party wins the majority [tại Quốc hội] in 2022? Think about it and let’s do what’s best for this country“.
According to The Hill, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy (Vermont) will preside over the impeachment trial of Donald Trump or the Supreme Court Chief Justice John Robert.
Mr. Robert presides over the impeachment session of President Trump for the first time in the Senate in 2020. The US Constitution stipulates that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will preside over the impeachment session when the person to be tried is the current US president, while Mr. Trump has left office since the afternoon of January 20.
A spokesman for Sen. Leahy has said that the final decision on who presides over the impeachment will depend on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Here is a list of 29 Republicans opposed the impeachment session:
- TNS Ted Cruz (Texas)
- TNS Steve Daines (Montana)
- TNS Rand Paul (Kentucky)
- TNS Marco Rubio (Florida)
- TNS Kevin Cramer (North Dakota)
- TNS Tim Scott (South Carolina)
- TNS Roy Blunt (Missouri)
- TNS Lindsey Graham (South Carolina)
- TNS Cindy Hyde-Smith (Mississippi)
- TNS Roger Wicker (Mississippi)
- TNS Tommy Tuberville (Alabama)
- TNS Tom Cotton (Arkansas)
- TNS Mike Rounds (South Dakota state)
- TNS John Barrasso (Wyoming state)
- TNS Ron Johnson (Wisconsin)
- TNS John Boozman (Arkansas)
- TNS Mike Braun (Indiana state)
- TNS Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)
- TNS John Cornyn (Texas)
- TNS Josh Hawley (Missouri State)
- TNS Roger Marshall (Kansas State)
- TNS John Thune (South Dakota)
- TNS Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee)
- TNS Jodi Ernst (Iowa State)
- TNS Chuck Grassley (Iowa)
- TNS Bill Hagerty (Tennessee)
- TNS John Hoeven (South Dakota)
- TNS Cynthia Lummis (Wyoming State)
- TNS Rick Scott (Florida)