A controversial Democrat from New York threatened to formally disapprove of the former president if a Senate trial fails to impeach him.
Chuck Schumer warned that Democrats could censure former President Trump if he is acquitted at the Senate’s upcoming impeachment trial.
The Senate majority leader suggested that the Democratic Party has already decided on the outcome of the trial, even though no evidence or decision from impeachment managers has been made public yet.
“I think the president should be tried, I hope he will vote to be convicted,” he said in a video shared on YouTube. “Anything past that is something we can discuss but he deserves conviction, nothing less.”
Concerning former President Trump using so-called conspiracy theories about the Nov. 3 election as part of his defense, Schumer said there was practically no way to defend the so-called charge of incitement of insurrection.
“I hope if they tried to do that and could not answer the defense, that Republicans would see that and realize that they have no argument against the charges brought by the House managers,” Schumer said.
He also accused President Trump of trying to stall the impeachment trial process by repeatedly changing his mind on legal representation.
“The impeachment resolution on the trial has been set back because the president keep switching lawyers,” Schumer said. “We have to negotiate, if we want to get it bipartisan, his lawyers are part of the deal but hopefully we can move forward.”
The remarks came after 45 GOP senators openly dismissed the second impeachment of President Trump. Only five Republican senators expressed different views—Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben Sasse (Neb.), and Patrick Toomey (Pa.).
Such an overwhelming vote of confidence is widely expected to help Trump attract another speedy acquittal.
Reuters agrees the former president is likely to be acquitted if the Democratic Party fails to entice enough Republicans to find him guilty of the so-called incitement of insurrection.
“The Democratic-led Senate blocked the motion in a 55-45 vote. But only five Republican lawmakers joined Democrats to reject the move, far short of the 17 Republicans who would need to vote to convict Trump on an impeachment charge that he incited the Jan. 6 Capitol assault that left five people dead,” Reuters said.
If Senate Democrats fail to impeach the former president a second time, they are unlikely to have the opportunity to prevent Trump from standing for election again in 2024.
Schumer, who opposed the Republican-led motion, also admitted the former president would easily receive a “get-out-of-jail-free card” if the “late impeachment” trial was found to be unconstitutional.