WASHINGTON — GOP Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Jim Jordan are accusing Democrats of delaying pressing laws in Congress by pursuing a “political impeachment charade” towards former President Donald Trump in two op-eds revealed Tuesday.
Forward of the primary day of proceedings in his second impeachment trial, the Republican lawmakers urged the Senate to rapidly acquit Trump and transfer on from what they referred to as a constitutionally doubtful try and impeach the previous president, who’s now a personal citizen, over his function in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Paul (R-Ky.) blasted Democrats for pushing their very own model of violence towards Republicans and Trump allies, and mentioned they had been silent throughout rioting in 2020 and the near-fatal 2017 taking pictures of Home Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
“I’ve spoken out towards the phrases of many on my aspect, together with these of President Trump,” Paul wrote in the opinion piece revealed Tuesday by Fox Information.
“However the place is the opposite aspect? The place had been all of them final 12 months when political violence ravaged our cities, when folks might barely dine or stroll the streets in many locations? When companies burned and folks had been injured or killed by mobs?” he continued.
“The place had been they when it was proven the political rhetoric of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and the remainder of the socialist left impressed the shooter who fired at Republicans at our baseball observe, almost killing Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.?” he wrote.
Paul and his spouse had been themselves surrounded by a mob of Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington, DC, in August 2020 and mentioned they feared for their lives through the ordeal.
Paul additionally lashed Home Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for warning two Supreme Courtroom justices they might “pay the worth” in the event that they voted to limit abortion rights final March.
Paul pressured a vote final week to dismiss the trial on the grounds that it’s unconstitutional. Forty-five Republicans supported the measure, suggesting Trump will nearly definitely be acquitted.
Jordan of Ohio, an ardent supporter of Trump on Capitol Hill, additionally blasted Democrats for pursuing the trial whereas the nation faces the pressing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
Echoing the arguments made by Trump’s attorneys, Jordan mentioned the FBI was already conscious of threats to the Capitol earlier than the president addressed supporters on Jan. 6.
“Democrats ignored these info. Additionally they ignored the Structure. Democrats afforded President Trump no due course of in the Home of Representatives,” he wrote in one other Fox Information piece revealed Tuesday.
“In reality, there was no course of in anyway — no witnesses, no depositions, no hearings, no cross-examinations,” he went on, noting that Democrats had moved to question Trump at the very least 9 occasions since January 2017.
“Of their desperation to assault President Trump, Democrats are trampling on different essential constitutional rights,” he wrote.
“Final week, Democrats threatened President Trump that if he declined to testify through the Democrats’ impeachment charade, they might use it as proof of his guilt. Which may be how trials work in socialist international locations. However that’s not the way it works in America.”