A Republican senator categorically rejected the outcome of the Democrats’ impeachment investigation because the president has been charged with no crime.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has labeled House impeachment articles, which accuse Donald Trump of abusing power and obstructing Congress, as a “joke” and promised to vote against impeaching the president at a trial in the Senate.
“The facts are is that the House has no evidence of any impeachable offense. They put their evidence out there, they have issued their reports, we have all seen the hearings and look, there is nothing there and they did not even charge a crime,” Hawley told Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” program. “I can tell you, there is no way I am voting for impeachment for someone who has not committed any impeachable offenses.”
The senator described the impeachment process as a form of an indictment that comes to the Senate for a trial, and President Trump has not been charged with a crime because there is a lack of credible evidence, and the president should be pardoned.
“If you had the evidence for a crime, they would have charged the crime, they would have put it in the articles of impeachment,” Hawley said. “They did not because they do not have anything. This whole thing is a joke and it is time to get the president exonerated.”
He believes the Democrats had “months and months” to find evidence of criminal misconduct.
“We have seen the hearings. Look, there is nothing there and they did not charge a crime,” the senator said. “They have had their show and circus for weeks and months and months, and there just is not anything there.”
Hawley expressed his desire for the anonymous whistleblower and 2020 presidential candidate, the former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden (D) to testify at the Senate trial.
“I think that that [anonymous] person, whoever it is, is absolutely relevant, absolutely material,” he said. “I think Hunter Biden [is] the same thing. Hunter Biden is absolutely relevant and material so, if we are going to call witnesses, they absolutely should be called.”
Hawley also revealed the impeachment articles will soon come to the Senate, where senators will exercise their Constitutional duty to bring a final decision on impeachment.
“We are going to execute our, I am, Constitutional responsibility,” the senator said. “I can tell you there is no way I am going to be voting for impeachment for someone who has not committed any impeachable offenses.”