While the Democratic leadership of the House and the Senate is working on a plan to present the articles of impeachment filed against Donald Trump to the U.S. Senate for a trial and vote, Republican senators are looking at the pluses and minus of abandoning their support of the former president.
With former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) opening the door to possibly siding with the Democrats against the former president now residing down in Florida, the Guardian is reporting that there are a multitude of reasons for GOP lawmakers to follow suit including the dread of having Trump as the face of their party again.
As the Guardian's Tom McCarthy wrote, "If convicted, Trump could be banned from ever again holding public office. If not, Trump, who won the votes of 74 million Americans just two months ago, might simply run for president again in 2024," before conceding that it is highly unlikely 17 Republicans would vote to convict.
But, as he points out, the "political landscape" where Republicans reflexively supported the president has changed since the election and even more so before supporters of the president stormed the U.S. Capitol and threatened lawmakers' lives.
"Disgust at the fatal sacking of the Capitol has only grown since 6 January, creating pressure on Republicans to condemn Trump, who appeared in person to speak to the mob before the attack and encouraged them to march on the building," he explained. "Some Republicans might be eager to condemn Trump for other reasons, blaming him for their loss of the Senate majority, which happened because Republican candidates lost two runoff elections in Georgia in January, in a huge double upset."
Add to that, at least six Republican members of the Senate have indicated they are eyeing a presidential run in 2024, and having the ex-president sidelined might be in their best interests.
According to the columnist, it is "unclear how many Republicans might follow McConnell if he indeed tips toward convicting Trump," after only 10 GOP House members voted in favor of Trump's second impeachment, but there is a powerful incentive for senators to convict the president who has already vowed to help oust incumbents who did not support him.
"Up for election only once every six years versus every other year for House members, senators are more insulated from political tides. Anger at how Trump has divided their party could tempt some Republicans toward banishing him, as could fear of what Trump will do if he is permitted to run for office again," McCarthy wrote.
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'You failed, Kevin': GOPer McCarthy mocked for last-ditch attempt to undermine Capitol riot committee after Kinzinger addition
Hours after Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) issued a statement saying he has accepted an appointment to sit on the House select committee investigating the Jan 6th Capitol riot that sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) issued his own statement condemning the investigation without acknowledging that two Republicans will be participating.
According to McCarthy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) "has structured the select committee to satisfy her political objectives—which destroys its credibility."
In a tweet accompanying his statement, he added, "The US Capitol and all who protect it suffered a massive leadership failure. Republicans will focus on ensuring that never happens again."
McCarthy's tweet was immediately swamped by comments from critics telling him he lost in his efforts to keep any Republicans off the committee and reminding him of his complicity, with one person writing "Blood on your hands."
You can see some comments below:
@GOPLeader By denying what happened and who was responsible? Always a good start kev— Charlotte O (@Charlotte O) 1627235471.0
@GOPLeader @SpeakerPelosi won’t allow insurrectionist on #January6thCommittee just like Osama bin Laden wants on 9/11 committee.— Denise Wu (@Denise Wu) 1627235418.0
@GOPLeader If GOP really wanted to ensure it never happens again, you’d stop feeding TFG’s lies, speak clearly abou… https://t.co/CBq8Cy7Eij— Jess P. 😷 (@Jess P. 😷) 1627236632.0
@GOPLeader You're the epitome of a traitor to this country & to the constitution you took an oath to uphold & defen… https://t.co/1KWb0Jwh1u— A. Perez (@A. Perez) 1627236219.0
@GOPLeader Actually the select committee was modeled on the committee that investigated Benghazi. You didn’t have a… https://t.co/EcsCVn0Hbf— Lisa Zupke (@Lisa Zupke) 1627235511.0
@GOPLeader You failed Kevin, you had been offered everything you wanted in a committee to investigate 1/6 and you s… https://t.co/Mm8YKlFb5P— Brenda Lee 😷 (@Brenda Lee 😷) 1627235434.0
@GOPLeader Your statement has no credibility. This is the evidence of that👇 https://t.co/RXliMJymEw— David Kaufman (@David Kaufman) 1627235472.0
@GOPLeader YOUR AND TRUMP'S MAGA's beat police officers. Officer SIcknick died and others had severe injuries. YOU… https://t.co/AGh6BmYRnJ— jeannie millar (@jeannie millar) 1627235502.0
Responding to a multitude of unfounded claims made by former president Donald Trump in his speech in Arizona late Saturday, the Associated Press singled out two whoppers told by the one-term president about the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa Count that were patently false.
With a CNN analysis calling Trump's speech "incoherent," AP's Jonathan Cooper and Calvin Woodward went farther and busted Trump for outright lying to his supporters.
According to the AP report, Trump addressed the controversial audit and claimed, "Unbelievably, the auditors have testified that the master database for the election management system, I'm sorry to tell you, has been deleted.... Meaning the main database for all of the election-related data in Maricopa for 2020 has been illegally erased. It's been erased."
"Wholly false. The database was never deleted," the AP report states before adding, "At first, auditors hired by Republican state senators sympathetic to Trump reported that a database directory was deleted from an election management server. The official Twitter account tied to the audit said the deletion amounted to 'spoliation of evidence.'"
Cooper and Woodward elaborated, "The Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors responded by calling the auditors incompetent and threatening to file a defamation lawsuit. Board Chairman Jack Sellers said the auditors 'can't find the files because they don't know what they're doing.' Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, a Republican who took over the elections office after defeating a Democrat, called the allegation 'unhinged,'" with AP noting that tweet was deleted before Trump spoke.
Trump's second claim, "There were 18,000 people who voted in Arizona in 2020 who were then purged from the rolls immediately after the election," got a blunt "This didn't happen" from AP.
The report explained, "His insinuation that people were stricken from the rolls because they voted for him is baseless," before adding, "Actually, 13,320 voters were removed from the rolls in the two months after the election, not 18,000 right away, and there were routine reasons why. Voting rolls are updated constantly as people move, die, get convicted of felonies or have their voting rights revoked because of incapacitation. Trump was repeating a claim made by Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, the inexperienced firm leading the state Senate Republicans' audit of the 2020 election."
The AP fact check added, "Maricopa County officials said their analysis of the data shows 7,916 voters were removed from the rolls because they moved out of the county or died between Nov. 3, which was Election Day, and Jan. 2."
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According to a statement from Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), he has accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's invitation to sit on the House select committee investigating the Jan 6th Capitol riot.
Writing, "When duty calls, I will answer," the military veteran said he will be joining fellow Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on the committee after House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his choices following a dispute with Pelosi.
In his statement, the GOP lawmaker wrote, "Today, I was asked by the Speaker to serve on the Jan 6 Select Committee and I humbly accepted."
You can see Kinzinger's statement below:
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