Dens. Tom cottonTom Bryant Cotton We’ve seen this movie before – Rumors of Trump’s political deaths greatly exaggerated 3rd rank Senate Democrat urges Hawley, Cruz to resign after Capitol attack Hawley calls Capitol police officer’s death ‘a heartbreaking tragedy’ MORE (R-Ark.), An influential conservative and possible competitor to the White House in 2024, says the Senate lacks constitutional authority to hold a lawsuit against President Trump when he leaves the office.
“The Senate lacks constitutional authority to pursue proceedings against a former president. The founders designed the indictment process as a way to remove civil servants from the public office – not an investigation against private citizens, “Cotton said in a statement on Wednesday night.
Cotton’s reasoning for not voting to convict Trump when he leaves office is likely to be political coverage for other GOP senators to vote against an article passed by a court case, even though they think Trump may have committed non-transferable offenses.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse passes measure urging Pence to remove Trump Trump, House GOP conditions suddenly worsen Kinzinger says he will vote to accuse Trump MORE (R-Ky.) Announced earlier Wednesday that Trump’s second indictment will only begin after the Senate returns from a recess scheduled for the end of Jan. 19. This means that the trial could most quickly start at. same day president elected Joe BidenJoe Biden Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support indictment House passes measure urging Pence to remove Trump Disney, Walmart says they will block donations to lawmakers protesting college election results MORE is sworn in.
“Given the rules, procedures and presidents of the senate that governs the president’s indictments, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial can be concluded before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week. The Senate has held three lawsuits over the persecution of the president. They have lasted for 83 days, 37 days and 21 days, respectively, ”McConnell said.
Cotton also claimed in his statement Wednesday night that the Senate would not be able to end a lawsuit against Trump in the next six days.
“The House has passed an article accusing the president, but the senate under its rules and precedents cannot start and end a fair trial before the president leaves office next week,” he said.
The House voted 232 to 197 Wednesday to charge Trump for the second time, with 10 Republican lawmakers voting in favor of the article, which accused Trump of inciting insurgency after a pro-Trump mob overheard the U.S. Capitol last week.
The article accuses Trump of “repeatedly issuing false statements claiming the presidential election results were a product of widespread fraud” and urged a crowd that “illegally violated and vandalized the Capitol, wounded and killed law enforcement personnel” and “threatened members of Congress” . ”
Cotton condemned the violence, saying rebels should be fully prosecuted.
“‘There are no complaints that are an appropriate subject of appeal by mob law.’ These words are as true today as when Abraham Lincoln spoke them. As I said last summer, when mob violence gripped our streets, I say again about the mob violence on the Capitol of our nations last week: those responsible must be held accountable in the courts to the full extent of the law, ”he said.
But the Arkansas legislature said, “fidelity to the Constitution must always remain the star of our nation.”
“Last week, I opposed efforts to reject certified electoral votes for the same reason – fidelity to the constitution – I am now against prosecution proceedings against a former president,” Cotton said.