That’s what a piece in the Hill is suggesting….
Did Kentucky GOP Senator ‘get over’ with his fellow Republicans saying that Trump being impeached was actually not even constitutional since Trump is now a private citizen?
(I’m NOT a lawyer but this argument seems pretty damn stupid….Donald J. Trump urged the crowds on…It shouldn’t matter if he’s the President or a Garbage man…He set the thing in motion…Politicans get indicted after leaving office all the time..What’s the difference?)
Is Senator Murkoski trying get some political breathing room in shock from the Trump supportive vote by 45 Republican Senate members?
Republicans KNOW Trump IS guilty as hell…
But they all the sudden do NOT care that their lives where in danger and now are looking forward their next election race….
You could add this to Donald Trump STILL getting over on his long list illegal actions as President….
The only hope is the state DA’s….
“Whether or not we’re going to see members change their mind after they’ve already taken a vote, I think that’s hard for people to do,” she said.
“Because [people] are like, ‘Wait, wait, wait. You voted to say that this was not constitutional and now you’re changing your mind?’ We don’t get a lot of credit and we don’t get a lot of allowance to change our mind around here,” she added.
“That’s why I think it was a little unfortunate that we had this very spontaneous vote on an extraordinarily significant matter without the considered debate and brief and analysis,” she said. “People had to make really quick decisions.”
Sixty-seven senators or two-thirds of the Senate present in the chamber must vote for the article of impeachment to convict the former president.
Murkowski said she and her colleagues were caught “flat-footed” by the procedural vote. She said she was not aware until Tuesday morning that she would be voting on the motion from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) later in the day….
His motion stated that “as of noon last Wednesday, Donald Trump holds none of the positions listed in the Constitution — he is a private citizen” and therefore the trial “violates the Constitution.”
Paul’s motion also asserted that Chief Justice John Roberts’s absence from the proceeding “demonstrate[s] that this is not a trial of the President, but of a private citizen.”
Darrell West, director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, said Tuesday’s vote largely predetermined the outcome of the trial before it even got started.
“It’s a procedural motion, but it’s a proxy for the real thing. That result does not look very promising for Democrats,” he said. “If that many Republicans feel the trial is unconstitutional, they’re unlikely to convict on the substance.”
“I think there was a lot of agreement,” said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). “It was a compelling argument, and we’re pursuing a private citizen when perhaps there could be a criminal indictment rather than Congress.”…