Top Republican says Trump committed ‘impeachable offenses’

Top Republican says Trump committed ‘impeachable offenses’
President Donald Trump gestures at a campaign rally in support of U.S. Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue in Dalton, Ga., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: Democrats’ momentum for a fresh drive to quickly impeach President Trump has gained support, and a top Republican said Mr Trump’s role in the deadly riot at the Capitol building by a violent pro-Trump supporters was worthy of rebuke.

Republican Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Saturday he believed President Trump had committed “impeachable offenses.” But he did not explicitly say whether he would vote to remove Trump from office at the conclusion of a Senate trial if the House of Representatives sent over articles of impeachment.

During an interview with Fox News Channel on Saturday, Toomey said: “I don’t know what they are going to send over and one of the things that I’m concerned about, frankly, is whether the House would completely politicize something.”

He said he doesn’t think the president committed impeachable offenses, but “I don’t know what is going to land on the Senate floor, if anything.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to her Democratic colleagues late Saturday reiterating that President Trump must be held accountable — but stopped short of committing to an impeachment vote, but she told her caucus, “I urge you to be prepared to return to Washington this week.”

The House Speaker wrote: “It is absolutely essential that those who perpetrated the assault on our democracy be held accountable.”

“There must be a recognition that this desecration was instigated by the President,” Pelosi wrote.

She said House Democrats “will be proceeding with meetings with Members and Constitutional experts and others.”

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