Senator Lamar Alexander (R) is not up for election this year. After listening to impeachment arguments from both sides of the narrowly divided Senate, Mr. Alexander offered a sensible conclusion, offers the WSJ. “Even if Mr. Trump did what House managers charge, it still isn’t enough to remove a President from office.”
Lamar Alexander’s Vote Rooted in Constitutional Wisdom
The framers believed that there should never, ever be a partisan impeachment. That is why the Constitution requires a 2/3 vote of the Senate for conviction. Yet not one House Republican voted for these articles.
If this shallow, hurried and wholly partisan impeachment were to succeed, it would rip the country apart, pouring gasoline on the fire of cultural divisions that already exist. It would create the weapon of perpetual impeachment to be used against future presidents whenever the House of Representatives is of a different political party.
The question then is not whether the president did it, but whether the United States Senate or the American people should decide what to do about what he did,” his statement said. “Our founding documents provide for duly elected presidents who serve with ‘the consent of the governed,’ not at the pleasure of the United States Congress. Let the people decide.
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