Lindsey Graham Asks Chuck Schumer to Call for Vote to Dismiss Impeachment Trial of Trump
Sen. Lindsey Graham is asking Sen. Chuck Schumer to put forward a Senate vote that would dismiss the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
According to Business Insider, Graham sent a letter to Schumer Sunday asking for the vote in the name of “healing” in the nation.
"The Senate should vote to dismiss the article of impeachment once it is received in the Senate," Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, said in the letter. "We will be delaying indefinitely, if not forever, the healing of this great nation if we do otherwise."
The House of Representatives impeached Trump last week on a charge of “incitement of insurrection” after rioters attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Five people died from the riots. Many have accused Trump of encouraging his supporters to riot.
A trial in the Senate over the charge is set for after Inauguration Day.
Schumer said in his letter that it would be “unconstitutional” to hold an impeachment trial after he is out of office, but legal experts have also said a trial would be allowed.
In a column for the National Review, Andrew C. McCarthy, senior fellow at the National Review Institute, said impeachment is “meant to be very difficult.”
“The simple-majority-vote trigger in the House means that any grave presidential misconduct can readily be alleged as an impeachable act; but the mandatory two-thirds-vote in the Senate ensures that impeachment-and-removal will not take place unless the misconduct is so grave that a consensus of the nation, cutting across partisan and ideological lines, is established that the president must be expelled,” he said.
McCarthy said the ideal resolution would be a “bicameral, bipartisan resolution of censure” that condemns Trump.
“Trump would remain the only president ever impeached twice, and the censure would stand as an emphatic verdict of history,” McCarthy said.
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