Republican Senator Rob Portman told CNBC why he joined 44 other Republicans to reject the constitutionality of impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
“I think that the constitutional issue needs to be addressed, not brought up and not set aside, and so, as a jury, I will listen to both sides, but we have to address the constitutional and pre-existing issue that this will determine,” Portman said during a pre-recorded interview Thursday evening Thursday, if you look at the constitution … it’s about removal, and that’s a regular citizen now, Donald Trump, not the president. “News with Shepherd Smith.”
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul led the indictment to reject the constitutionality of the measure. First, on the grounds that Trump is no longer in office, and second, given the fact that interim Senate President Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will preside over the trial in place of Chief Justice John Roberts.
Roberts presided over Trump’s first impeachment trial, but he will never reinstate that role. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer from New York Tell MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow showed on Monday that the presidential decision is up to Roberts.
Schumer said, “The constitution states that the chief justice presides over the incumbent president.” So it wouldn’t be the case – so it was up to John Roberts if he wanted to preside over the no longer seated president, Trump. And he doesn’t want to do that. “
Portman told host Shepard Smith that he was concerned about the precedent this impeachment trial could set off.
“Think of the precedent for saying that Republicans can go after President Obama or President Clinton, or Democrats can go after George W. Bush as a normal citizen,” Portman said.
Portman was previously advertiser That Trump “bears some responsibility” for the January 6 Capitol rebellion. He did not support Trump’s efforts to cancel the 2020 election results, and voted to support the election results approved on January 6 and postpone the count.
Smith pressed Portman over what he believed would be an appropriate punishment for Trump.
“One of the fitting outcomes is for people to speak out publicly, as I did very clearly, before and openly, during and after, and I think it’s also important for the board to act, so there were consequences that way,” Portman said.
Portman has announced that he will not seek re-election next year, but will serve out his term which ends on January 3, 2023. He said, “He will not miss politics and partisanship, and it has become more and more difficult with time.”