WASHINGTON (WTVA) - U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is against the conviction of former President Donald Trump.
Wicker issued the following statement Monday:
“Impeaching President Trump is a mistake. The effort to remove a President who is no longer in office raises serious constitutional questions and threatens to delay national healing. This article of impeachment was rushed through the House of Representatives shortly after the Capitol riot without hearings or any careful consideration of evidence or precedent.
A second impeachment trial is sure to inflame partisan tensions and could poison the cooperative spirit we need in a 50-50 Senate. I fear it will also bring more reproach on Congress’s solemn impeachment power, which should be used sparingly and with sober deliberation. The Senate has important business to do and should not be held up by a pointless and divisive delay.
I will vote to dismiss this article of impeachment against President Trump.”
The former president is accused of inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
The U.S. House voted to impeach Trump on Jan. 13, making him the only president to be impeached twice.
Members of the House sent the article of impeachment to the U.S. Senate on Monday. The Senate is set to start the trial the week of Feb. 8.
Senators will either convict the former president or dismiss the charge. The vote is expected to be along party lines.
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