‘I don’t know that McConnell has a lot of power,’ says GOP senator
North Dakota Republican Senator Kevin Cramer told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that he does not know of many Senate “wimps” who would follow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when it comes to impeachment Donald Trump is leaving.
“Mitch McConnell is a lot of influence, I don’t know he’s got a lot of power,” Cramer said during an interview on Wednesday night. “He has a lot of power over the schedule and the process, of course, but I don’t know of many wimps in the United States Senate who will vote one way or another just because Mitch McConnell does.”
McConnell said earlier that impeachment proceedings would not take place until President-elect Biden was inaugurated. McConnell also said he remains undecided how he will vote.
The House of Representatives voted 232-197 in favor of the indictment against President Donald Trump, and 10 Republicans voted in favor of the indictment against Trump. The House voted to charge Trump with “inciting insurrection” after a crowd of his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, killing five people, including a police officer. The unprecedented charge was brought just seven days before the end of his term, and now Trump stands alone in America’s 244-year history as the only president to be charged twice.
Cramer said he thought the House “rushed to the court” and referred to it as “a much more political organ than the Senate”. When host Shepard Smith asked Cramer if he would vote to condemn Trump, Cramer argued about due process.
“I’ve read my constitution many times and due process in the country I think unless you are Donald Trump and so I am not guilty because that is against everything the constitution stands for and due process Procedure, “said Cramer.
In a Wednesday night interview on The News with Shepard Smith, Ohio State University law professor Edward Foley explained when due process would occur during the impeachment process.
“What happened in the House today is essentially an indictment and the trial is in the Senate. So there will be due process and it seems the Senate is acting on purpose.” Speed to make sure it’s a fair trial. “
In the impeachment proceedings, it is said in part that Trump “threatened the integrity of the democratic system, disrupted the peaceful transfer of power and endangered an equal branch of government.”
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said impeachment and conviction are the “constitutional tool” for Trump’s actions, “which will ensure the republic is safe from this man who is determined to tear down the things that matter to us lie and hold us together. ” “”
However, Cramer told Smith he did not realize that Trump’s rhetoric was inciting the violent mob in the Capitol.
“The president’s rhetoric, while inconsiderate, could at some level be accused of causing anger and bad behavior. However, it is also clear that the exact words he used did not, in my opinion, lead to criminal incitement In my opinion, we should be as political as it is in this process, “said Cramer.
At the Save America rally on January 6, Trump told thousands of spectators on Capitol Hill that “we will never admit” and added strength to his supporters.
“We’re going to go down to the Capitol and cheer for our brave senators and congressmen,” Trump told a crowd near the White House. “We probably won’t cheer some of them as much because you will never retake our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong.”
Minutes later, a crowd of his supporters stormed Congress and terrorized it. Trump has since taken no responsibility for the deadly uprising and has defended his speech.