Cotton says he opposes Trump impeachment effort in Senate

Cotton says he opposes Trump impeachment effort in Senate

Sen.
Tom
Cotton,
R-Ark.,
said
in
a
statement
late
Wednesday
that
he
will
oppose
another
Senate
impeachment
trial
after
the
House

passed
an
article
of
impeachment
alleging
President
Trump

incited
the
riot
at
the
Capitol
and
is
unfit
for
office.

Cotton
pointed
out
that
the
Senate
will
be
unable
to
“start
and
conclude
a
fair
trial”
while
Trump
is
in
office,
and
the
Founders
“designed
the
impeachment
process
as
a
way
to
remove
officeholders
from
public
office—not
an
inquest
against
private
citizens.”

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Trump
was
impeached
for
a
historic
second
time
after
being
charged
with
“incitement
of
insurrection”
over
the
deadly
mob
siege
of
the
Capitol.
Ten
Republican
members
of
the
House
joined
Democrats
and
said
the
president
needs
to
be
held
accountable.

Democrats
were
pressuring
Senate
Majority
Leader Mitch
McConnell,
R-Ky.,
to
invoke
a
2004
resolution
that
could
bring
the
Senate
back
quickly
for
what
would
essentially
be
an
emergency
session
to
begin
the
impeachment
trial
as
soon
as
possible. But
McConnell’s
office
said
Wednesday
that
it
will not
invoke
the
resolution,
meaning
that
any
impeachment
trial
almost
certainly
will
not
start
until
Trump
has
left
office. 

Cotton
was
once

seen
as
an
ally
of
the
president,
but
some
Trump
supporters
criticized
him
after
he
said
that
he
would
not
oppose
the
counting
of
certified
electoral
votes
to
confirm
President-elect
Joe
Biden’s
election
victory.

Cotton
said
in
the
statement
that fidelity
to
the
Constitution
must
always
“remain
the
lodestar
for
our
nation.”

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“Congress
and
the
executive
branch
should
concentrate
entirely
for
the
next
week
on
conducting
a
safe
and
orderly
transfer
of
power,”
he
said
in
a
statement. “After
January
20,
Congress
should
get
on
with
the
people’s
business:
improving
our
vaccination
efforts,
getting
kids
back
to
school,
and
getting
workers
back
on
the
job.”


Fox
News’
Tyler
Olson
and
the
Associated
Press
contributed
to
this
report

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