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GOP Sen. Pat Toomey: Trump “Committed Impeachable Offenses”

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) questions Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during a hearing of the Congressional Oversight Commission on December 10, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) questions Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during a hearing of the Congressional Oversight Commission on December 10, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. SARAH SILBIGER/Getty Images

Another Republican senator is suggesting he could support an effort to impeach President Donald Trump. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said he believed Trump had committed “impeachable offenses” although he fell short of saying whether he would actually vote to impeach the commander in chief. “I don’t know what they are going to send over and one of the things that I’m concerned about, frankly, is whether the House would completely politicize something,” Toomey said in an interview with Fox News that aired Saturday. “I do think the president committed impeachable offenses, but I don’t know what’s going to land on the Senate floor if anything.”

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Toomey, a two-term senator who has already said he will not run for reelection in 2022, had criticized his Republican colleagues who objected to certifying Electoral College results from certain states. “I voted for President Trump and endorsed him for re-election. But, on Wednesday, I intend to vigorously defend our form of government by opposing this effort to disenfranchise millions of voters in my state and others,” he said in a statement.

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Toomey became the third Republican senator to not outright dismiss the possibility of voting to impeach the president. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska said he would “definitely consider” any articles of impeachment against Trump. “I believe the president has disregarded his oath of office,” Sasse said. Sen. Lisa Murkowski from Alaska was more direct, saying she wants Trump to resign. “I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” Murkowski said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a memo to his colleagues saying that the earliest there could be an impeachment trial in the Senate would be on Jan. 20, the day of Biden’s inauguration.

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