Republicans ahead of Trump’s impeachment trial
Republicans face backlash for speaking out against Trump ahead of impeachment trial
Republican Lawmakers Assess Party Members’ Reaction to Impeachment Support
Republicans in Congress are preparing for a second Donald Trump impeachment trial. The former president is due Tuesday to submit its response to the allegations, and his party is speculating about the advisability of removing Liz Cheney as a leader in the House of Representatives for supporting impeachment..
Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger (archived photo)
Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger announced on Sunday the creation of a new political action committee called «Country above all» (Country First PAC) to challenge Trump’s continued control of the party.
Speaking in the program «Press meeting» on NBC, Kinzinger said his party «lost moral authority in many areas», and under Trump indulged «darkness and disunity».
Legislators on the right wing of the GOP want to oust Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, as the party’s third-largest person in the House of Representatives. House Republicans are expected to address this issue at their meeting.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives on January 13 voted to impeach Trump, accusing him of inciting insurgency. The decision, in particular, was supported by 10 Republican congressmen.
Liz Cheney (archived photo)
Trump must respond to House allegations no later than Tuesday.
Speaking in the program «Situation in the country» on CNN, Republican Senator Rob Portman urged party members not to punish Cheney.
«I think she is very smart and plays an important role in our party, especially in international affairs. So I hope they don’t take this path», – said Portman.
Republican leaders may also have to decide on disciplinary action against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, who prior to her election campaigned for the execution of Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Greene has garnered nationwide attention for her interest in the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Regarding Green, Portman said that Republican leaders «should step up and state that what she said is completely unacceptable». Commenting on the possible termination of Green’s committee membership, Portman said that «will not be surprised by this».
There is good reason to believe that too few Republicans will join Democrats to find Trump guilty in a Senate trial, which requires a two-thirds majority..
45 out of 50 Republican senators supported a resolution declaring the trial unconstitutional as Trump is a private citizen after January 20.
«This sets a precedent. I think this can negatively affect all former presidents, both currently living and not.», – said Portman.
And although Portman called Trump’s behavior «unforgivable», he added: «This may be unforgivable, but it cannot be a subject of condemnation after the president left office.».