Republican Senator Tom Cotton is making his stance clear on Trump’s impeachment: He does not support it. The Arkansas Republican said in a statement he opposed impeachment proceedings because the Senate will not be able to begin the impeachment trial until after Trump has left office and does not believe that impeaching a former president aligns with the Constitution.
My statement on senate impeachment proceedings:https://t.co/F8q0VaQyWR
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) January 14, 2021
The Daily Wire reports:
“‘There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.’ Those words are as true today as when Abraham Lincoln spoke them,” Cotton said. “As I said last summer when mob violence gripped our streets, so I say again about the mob violence at our nation’s Capitol last week: those persons responsible should be held accountable in the courts to the full extent of the law.”
“The House has passed an article of impeachment against the president, but the Senate under its rules and precedents cannot start and conclude a fair trial before the president leaves office next week,” he continued. “Under these circumstances, the Senate lacks constitutional authority to conduct impeachment proceedings against a former president. The Founders designed the impeachment process as a way to remove officeholders from public office—not an inquest against private citizens. The Constitution presupposes an office from which an impeached officeholder can be removed.”
“Fidelity to the Constitution must always remain the lodestar for our nation. Last week, I opposed the effort to reject certified electoral votes for the same reason—fidelity to the Constitution—I now oppose impeachment proceedings against a former president,” the statement concluded. “Congress and the executive branch should concentrate entirely for the next week on conducting a safe and orderly transfer of power. After January 20, Congress should get on with the people’s business: improving our vaccination efforts, getting kids back to school, and getting workers back on the job.”
Last week Sen. Cotton announced that he does not support efforts from some Republicans to impeach President Trump. Yesterday, the House voted to impeach Trump a second time on the charge of insurrection. The political move made history by making President Trump the first president to ever be impeached twice.