On Sunday, Republican Senator Pat Toomey said that President Donald Trump committed impeachable acts when he supposedly incited the Capitol Hill riot that happened on Wednesday.
Toomey made his comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” hosted by Jake Tapper.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey says he thinks President Trump should resign: "I think at this point with just a few days left it's the best path forward" #CNNSOTU https://t.co/3LzY9t4nuO pic.twitter.com/XIjPVqUdK9
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Toomey Not Sure There Is Enough Time For An Impeachment
Tapper said to the senator, “Your Republican colleague Senator Murkowski of Alaska says President Trump should resign. She said, quote, ‘He’s caused enough damage.’ Do you agree?”
Toomey replied, “Yeah, I do. I think at this point, with just a few days left, it’s the best path forward, the best way to get this person in the rearview mirror for us that could happen immediately.”
“I’m not optimistic it will,” Toomey added. “But I think that would be the best way forward.”
That is when the CNN host brought up impeachment.
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Tapper asked, “Do you think the president should be impeached? Would you vote to remove him from office?”
Toomey: "I think the best way for our country is for the president to resign & go away ASAP." Adds that isn't likely & doesn't look like 25th will be used, Trump committed impeachable offenses but not enuf time to impeach/convict, & Trump isn't viable candidate for future office.
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 10, 2021
‘The President Did Commit Impeachable Offenses’
Toomey responded, “I think the president did commit impeachable offenses. There is little doubt in my mind about that.”
Sen. Toomey then questioned the timing of a possible impeachment.
“I don’t know,” Toomey said. “As a practical matter, it is actually possible to do an impeachment in the handful of days that are left.”
“It is likely if the House does pass Articles of Impeachment, we wouldn’t get them until — I don’t know Tuesday or Wednesday,” Toomey added. “We are less than one week to go at that point.”
TOOMEY on CNN calls on Trump to resign over inciting deadly Capitol riot.
Toomey says McCarthy, Cruz, Hawley, who lent credibility to baseless claims election was stolen, are “gonna pay a big price for this” and that their reputations have been damaged
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) January 10, 2021
Toomey Wants Trump To Resign: ‘That Would Be A Very Good Outcome’
“I am also not at all clear that it is constitutionally permissible to impeach someone after they have left office,” he added. “So there may not be a viable impeachment route at this point.”
Toomey mentioned a possible resignation.
“But certainly, he could resign, and that would be a very good outcome,” Toomey said.
He added, “I think there is also a possibility that there is criminal liability here.”
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