Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is the latest Republican in Congress to signal support for Trump’s removal, stating Saturday the president has committed acts that are “impeachable” as Democrats are set to introduce articles of impeachment in the House.
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 10: Rep. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) questions Treasury Secretary Steven … [+]
Toomey didn’t say whether he would support impeachment, however, stating “I don’t know what they are going to send over” and expressing concern the House will “politicize something.”
“I don’t know what is going to land on the Senate floor, if anything,” Toomey reiterated – though Democrats have already posted text of a bill that charges Trump with “inciting” his supporters to attack the Capitol on Wednesday and pressuring Georgia election officials to “find” votes for him.
Toomey joins several Republicans in Congress, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who expressed support for Trump’s resignation on Friday, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who called on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to remove Trump using the 25th Amendment.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), another frequent Trump critic, said Friday that he would “definitely consider whatever articles” pass the House because Trump “disregarded his oath of office.”
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) told Forbes that while the articles of impeachment they plan to introduce Monday have no Republican co-sponsors, some Republican lawmakers have “confidentially” signaled they will vote to impeach Trump.
Trump has come under fire for telling supporters to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell” shortly before they stormed the building as lawmakers tried to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Democrats moved swiftly to remove him from office, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatening to begin impeachment proceedings if he does not resign.
57%. That’s the share of Americans who said in a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday that Trump should leave office as soon as possible rather than serving out the remaining 12 days of his term. 14% of those said they want him to be impeached, 30% want the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and 13% want him to resign.
What To Watch For
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell circulated a memo indicating that a Senate impeachment trial would not start until the day of Biden’s inauguration at the earliest, unless all 100 senators agreed to hold a pro forma session beforehand.