Epoch Times: 29 GOP Senators Oppose Trump Trial
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. (Greg Nash/Getty Images)
By Theodore Bunker | Monday, 25 January 2021 03:51 PM
House Democrats plan to walk the impeachment charge against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday evening, but multiple members of the GOP in the Upper Chamber have already come out against holding a trial.
The Epoch Times reported Monday, 29 GOP senators have spoken out against holding a trial, arguing it is unconstitutional to try to convict a former office holder, or a waste of time.
“I think right now Donald Trump is no longer the president; he is a former president,” Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. He insisted the Constitution does not say “that you can impeach someone who is not in office.”
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., also said Sunday the Senate lacks the constitutional authority to convict Trump now that he has left office. He also said, according to PBS NewsHour, “the more I talk to other Republican senators, the more they’re beginning to line up” behind that argument.
“I think a lot of Americans are going to think it’s strange that the Senate is spending its time trying to convict and remove from office a man who left office a week ago,” he added.
“Well, first of all, I think the trial is stupid; it’s counterproductive,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told Fox News on Sunday. “We already have a flaming fire in this country, and it’s like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire.”
He added, “the first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I’ll do it.”
However, Democrats say Trump’s leaving office does not prevent the Senate from holding an impeachment trial, a view seconded by several legal scholars and Sen. Mitt Romney, R