Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), a staunch defender of Trump, has recently found himself at a crossroads.
He is one of many Republicans that has slipped out of favor with the Trump faithful due to his stance on the Capitol riot and Trump’s role in that event.
Now, Cotton is saying that impeachment is irrelevant because the Senate does not have the constitutional authority to impeach Trump once he leaves office.
Calling No Joy for Democrats
I am not a legal expert by any means, but those advocating for a delayed impeachment seem to think that Trump being in office is irrelevant to impeachment.
This is a subject that has come up for debate recently, as many are now wondering if Democrats can impeach Trump after leaving office, who else will they go after from this country’s past?
Do they do an absentee impeachment of George Washington because he owned slaves?
One might have thought that outrageous four years ago, but not so much today.
On impeaching a former president, Cotton stated, “The Senate lacks constitutional authority to conduct impeachment proceedings against a former president.
“The Founders designed the impeachment process as a way to remove officeholders from public office — not an inquest against private citizens.”
Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) is on the record refusing to process an impeachment before Biden gets into office, stating there is simply not enough time to do this properly.
McConnell stated, “Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week.
“The Senate has held three presidential impeachment trials. They have lasted 83 days, 37 days, and 21 days respectively.”
Cotton’s stance on this presents a very interesting angle that could provide very beneficial to Trump.
Cotton has significant sway within the party, so it is reasonable to assume he could convince a few bubble residents to vote against impeachment on this basis alone.
You can read more about this report in The Hill.