A Republican senator said Sunday he did not believe it was constitutional for the Senate to follow the sentence of a former President TrumpDonald Trump: News on an impeachment article accusing him of inciting an uprising.
His. Mike RoundsMike RoundsSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to deal with coronavirus Senate Khanate threatens to delay Biden’s program. MORE ▼ (RS.D.) told NBC’s Meet the Press that he believed the Constitution allowed impeachment only of current congressional presidents, thus discussing whether Trump had committed an impeachment crime by inciting the violent mob. which overtook the US Capitol on January 6 is a “controversial issue.”
“For starters, I think that’s a moot point,” Rounds said. “Because, I don’t think Donald Trump is president anymore, he’s a former president.”
“Article 1 … specific point[s] that you can impeach the president and that doesn’t mean you can impeach someone who is not in office. So I think this is a moot point and I think it will be very difficult for them to cope in the Senate, “he continued.
Runds went on to say that the Senate should move to another business, and pointed to the confirmation of President Biden’s cabinet nominees as an area in which the GOP should move to work with Democrats.
His allegations reflect those of other GOP senators such as Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to deal with coronavirus Senate approves rejection of Biden Pentagon nominee House approves rejection of Biden Pentagon nominee MORE (Ark.), Who argue that the impeachment of a former president is unconstitutional, an argument with which Democrats disagree.
“The Senate has no constitutional powers to conduct impeachment proceedings against a former president,” Cotton said in a statement last week. “The founders designed the impeachment process as a way to remove civil servants – not as an investigation against private citizens.”