This past Wednesday was surely a dark day in the history of the United States of America. The Capitol Hill riots were highly disturbing, to say the least, and have resulted in several officials publicly calling Donald Trump to leave the office before Biden’s inauguration, as Trump seems unfit to run the country.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania was among the leaders who want Trump to leave. He stated on Saturday that even though Trump had indulged in impeachable offenses, removing him from the office when his term is just about to end, might not be the best course of action.
Moreover, by Saturday, Toomey wasn’t sure whether he would vote to impeach Trump or not in case a Senate trial proceeds. The reason behind his uncertainty is the ambiguity around the type of impeachment articles that would be ratified by the House of Representatives, led by the Democrats.
However, Toomey claimed that he believes that Donald Trump’s behavior over the course of this week is enough proof to disqualify him from serving the country. The only issue is that his term is approaching its end, with Biden set to take over on January 20.
Toomey’s concerns stem from Friday’s events when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed that Democrats are ready to impeach Trump during the next week, owing to the POTUS’ role in the Capitol siege. The impeachment resolution is expected to be rolled out on Monday.
Many Republicans have come forward and demanded the President to leave the office before Biden’s inauguration. Among them, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, and Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska have either suggested impeachment for Trump, or demanded Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.
However, seven Republican members of the House issued a letter to the President-elect, Biden, on Saturday. In the letter, Biden received a suggestion to reach out to Nancy Pelosi and request her not to move forward with the impeachment motion.
The Republican officials who signed the letter mentioned that a second impeachment – mere days before the end of Trump’s run as the POTUS – is not only unnecessary but also inflammatory.