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If you were wondering who the first powerful, elected Republican would be to call for the removal of President Donald Trump, wonder no more.
In what should be a surprise to no one, Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has said that the president needs to go, CNN reported.
“I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” she said in the interview with the publication.
“I think he should leave. He said he’s not going to show up. He’s not going to appear at the at the inauguration. He hasn’t been focused on what is going on with COVID. He’s either been golfing or he’s been inside the Oval Office fuming and throwing every single person who has been loyal and faithful to him under the bus, starting with the vice president,” the senator said.
“He doesn’t want to stay there. He only wants to stay there for the title. He only wants to stay there for his ego. He needs to get out. He needs to do the good thing, but I don’t think he’s capable of doing a good thing,” she said.
“If the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me,” she said.
The Alaska Senator was among the Republicans who voted to acquit the president during his last impeachment but he tune has changed.
And she is unlikely to be the last Republican to call for the president’s removal. One could reasonably expect other Republican senators could follow.
In fact, Sen. Ben Sasse has said that he would “definitely consider” voting to convict this time of the Articles of Impeachment reach the Senate.
“The House, if they come together and have a process, I will definitely consider whatever articles they might move because, as I’ve told you, I believe the President has disregarded his oath of office,” he said to CBS News.
On the other hand, Sen. Romney, when asked about impeachment, said that he believes “Time’s a little short for that.”
“I think we’ve gotta hold our breath for the next 20 days,” the Republican senator said as he praised President-elect Joe Biden.
“The words of the president-elect were very encouraging and inspiring and I know he’s got a long road ahead but I think he’s up to the task,” the Utah senator said.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has had a close relationship with the president since his election, said that impeaching him now would do “more harm than good.”
“As President @realDonaldTrump stated last night, it is time to heal and move on. If Speaker Pelosi pushes impeachment in the last days of the Trump presidency it will do more harm than good. I’m hopeful President-elect Biden sees the damage that would be done from such action, he said in a tweet tagging the president’s Twitter account before it was banned.
“Speaker Pelosi is hanging by a political thread, and Senator Schumer lives in fear of a primary from the radical left. It is up to President-elect Biden to step in and allow the nation to heal.
“Any attempt to impeach President Trump would not only be unsuccessful in the Senate but would be a dangerous precedent for the future of the presidency. It will take both parties to heal the nation.
“I’m convinced impeachment, under these circumstances, will further divide the country and erode the institution of the presidency itself. I hope President-elect Biden shares those views and will speak out so we can continue to heal the nation with an orderly transfer of power,” he said.
In spite of whatever conspiracy theories you may have read online we at Conservative Brief are not going to lie to you. On January 20, 2021 Joe Biden is going to be the President of the United States and President Trump will become a private citizen.
It is for that reason that impeaching him now is no more than political theater and an act of vengeance. It will not heal the nation but, as Sen. Graham said, it could divide it more.