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.
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.
Tapper asked, “Do you think the president should be impeached? Would you vote to remove him from office?”
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.”
“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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