U.S. Sen. Tim Scott announced that he is not on board with efforts to remove President Donald Trump from office by impeaching him.
In the South Carolina Republican’s first public comments about impeaching the president, he warned that the efforts would “fly in direct opposition” to the so-called unity Democrats have been calling for. Scott, who has been a vocal advocate for the president, believes a second impeachment will only cause more division in the country.
Some lawmakers have noted that the impeachment vendetta against Trump will expose the hypocrisy of Democrats and thwart President-elect Joe Biden’s supposed plan to unify the country. But as the House of Representatives moves ahead with a planned vote on an Article of Impeachment against the president for his supposed role in last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol, criticism of the effort is being heard.
“The Democrat-led impeachment talks happening in the House right now fly in direct opposition to what President-elect Joe Biden has been calling for all year,” Scott tweeted Tuesday.
“An impeachment vote will only lead to more hate and a deeply fractured nation,” Scott added. “I oppose impeaching President Trump.”
An impeachment vote will only lead to more hate and a deeply fractured nation. I oppose impeaching President Trump. (2/2)
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) January 12, 2021
Scott’s tweet came as a small number of House Republicans, led by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, introduced a resolution to censure the president for “attempting to unlawfully overturn the 2020 Presidential election and for violating his oath of office.”
Fitzpatrick claimed that Trump has been lying for months and that censuring him will hold him “fully and unequivocally accountable” while healing the “fever-pitch tensions” in the country.
At least 17 GOP senators would be needed to move forward on the impeachment effort if it passes with a majority in the House this week. Trump condemned the move on Tuesday, noting how it would only create further division.
“For Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger,” Trump said. “I want no violence.”
Along with Scott, South Carolina’s other U.S. Senator, Lindsey Graham, is also not backing the move to impeach the president.
I’m disappointed to hear the House is proceeding with a second impeachment given there are only nine days left in a Trump presidency.
It is past time for all of us to try to heal our country and move forward.
Impeachment would be a major step backward.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 11, 2021
U.S. Rep. John Katko of New York was the first Republican to back the impeachment effort and is joined by Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington. Meanwhile, GOP Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have called for Trump to resign, and there are reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is on board with impeachment efforts, though the Kentucky lawmaker has not publicly said so.
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan slammed Democrats for their “obsession” with impeaching the president in a speech on the House floor Tuesday.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) January 13, 2021
“People on the Democrats’ side started calling for impeachment the day President Trump was inaugurated,” the Ohio Republican said. “This is more than about impeaching the president of the United States. This is about canceling the president and all the people you guys disapprove of.”
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