Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed the “unconstitutional” impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump, suggesting other past presidents could be in line for their own impeachments.
During an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Wednesday, Jan. 27, Cruz said the impeachment trial against Trump, which doesn’t meet the constitutional standards by following due process and providing hearings, is only an “exercise in political rage” from Democrats.
Partisan rage and partisan anger
“This is not driven by the needs of the country. This is not driven by trying to help out the people who are hurting back home,” Cruz said. “This is driven by partisan rage and the partisan anger Democrats feel. They hate Donald J. Trump, and they are engaging in an act that I think is petty, is retribution.”
Trump’s trial was set to begin in February after the House voted to impeach him for “incitement of insurrection” on Jan. 13.
“These are the same Democrats who in December of 2016 before Trump was sworn in—said they wanted to impeach him. They’ve wanted to impeach him from the beginning. They did it a year ago,” Cruz continued.
Trump was impeached in 2019 on accusations of leveraging U.S. aid to pressure Ukrainian officials to investigate then-presidential candidate Joe Biden. He was acquitted in February 2020.
‘Groundhog Day’ impeachment
“I feel like I am trapped in ‘Groundhog Day’ where every January we are going to be doing another impeachment,” Cruz told Hannity. “So I guess next year, I don’t know, maybe it will be the impeachment of Jimmy Carter, the impeachment of Bill Clinton, or the impeachment of Barack Obama because that’s what we do in Januaries.”
On Tuesday, 45 Republican senators voted that it was unconstitutional to hold a trial for a president who had already left office, prompting several Senate members to seek another option to bar Trump from holding office again.
According to Axios, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are planning to introduce a Senate resolution to censure the former president.
“I think it’s important for the Senate’s leadership to understand that there are alternatives,” Kaine said.
However, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday vowed to move forward with the impeachment trial, signaling he wasn’t on board with Kaine and Collins’s plan.
“Make no mistake: There will be a full and fair trial on convicting Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors. He is charged with inciting an insurrection,” tweeted Schumer. “The evidence against him will be presented in living color for the nation and every one of us to see.”
‘A waste of time’
Cruz said the trial “is a waste of time,” and the Senate should “move on” and focus on job growth and the coronavirus pandemic.
In his first few days in office, President Biden has painted a bleak picture of the nation’s battle with the CCP Virus outbreak. He said that the deaths are expected to reach “well over 600,000” but warned that “there’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.”
Biden, who has called for unity, said he agreed with Democrats that the Trump impeachment trial “has to happen.”