A moderate Republican, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, told CNN’s Dana Bash on the “State of the Union” that he believed Trump’s remarks to the Capitol attack were partially responsible for the violence and would keep an open mind.
“I have stated in relation to the President’s remarks that day that he was partly responsible for the horrific violence on Jitendra Hill. I have also said that what he did was wrong and unforgivable. I have used the word unforgivable because This is how I feel. We will see. I am a juror and will keep an open mind but I think the constitutional issue has to be addressed, “said Portman, who does not seek reunification after his term ends in 2022 Will do.
Another liberal Republican, Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, separately told Fox News Sunday that he would wait to decide his vote based on the evidence presented in the lawsuit.
“The evidence is, as I understand, whether or not the President has contributed to the atmosphere, people have accused the Capitol, break-in, threatening, if you will, both members of Congress and Vice President (Mike) then me. Hopefully, whatever will be defended denies that allegation, ”he said.
A person familiar with the departure told CNN that Trump wanted lawyers to argue that there was a massive electoral fraud and that the election was stolen from him, instead of paying attention to the legitimacy of convicting the president after he left his presidency. . Trump was not receptive to discussions about how he should proceed in that regard.
The rhetoric shows the split between House and Senate Republicans as the party struggles to find its voice in the post-Trump era. Many House Republicans remain defenders of Trump, saying they did nothing wrong and should not be blamed for the violence at the Capitol.
Portman said Sunday that he believed a Senate vote forced by Kentucky Sen. last week. Rand Paul was not about dismissing the impeachment lawsuit, but a vote to discuss constitutionalism. They believe that the constitutionality of convicting the former president should be discussed. “Voting was not about dismissing a lawsuit that was not about discussing constitutionalism as a significant issue,” he said.
The Democratic-led House has already voted to impeach Trump, prompting him to rebel for an attack on the Capitol, which left many dead. But two-thirds of the Senate members must vote to convict Trump after the trial.