Republican Senator John Thune is reportedly open to censuring the former president Trump. The number two Republican senator indicated that there are multiple proposals circulating but noted that any such proposal would have to be “effective” if he were to jump on board.
The Hill reports:
“I know there are a couple of resolutions out there. … I’ve seen a couple of resolutions at least that I think could attract some support,” Thune told reporters.
Pressed if he was saying the resolutions could get support from him, he added: “Yeah.”
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) has drafted a censure resolution that would also include language from the 14th Amendment that he hopes could be used to bar Trump from future office.
Thune, however, appeared to indicate that a resolution that also works in the 14th Amendment was largely a non-starter.
While Thune commented he doesn’t believe Kaine’s push to use the 14th Amendment to prohibit Trump from holding office again won’t gain steam, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer left the possibility open. Ultimately, it will depend on the outcomes of the Senate impeachment trial.