Sen. Ben Sasse On The GOP's Future Beyond Donald Trump

Brenda Watkins
February 17, 2021

State and County Republican Party officials across the nation have censured or attempted to censure Republican U.S. Representatives and Senators who voted to Impeach former President Donald Trump and convict him for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

"This is a big moment for our country, and we can not let it pass by using third rate "leaders" to dictate our future!" he added.

Trump, who made a fiery speech to supporters prior to the riot, could also be hit with criminal charges - though courts, wary of infringing free speech, have set a high bar for prosecutors trying to mount federal incitement cases.

But Trump blamed the wily veteran lawmaker, who for four years as majority leader kept the Senate aligned with the Republican president, for losing party control of the body. "So, I think there's a lot more work we need to do". "I don't want to eat our own".

Jason Miller, a Trump advisor who Politico reported had a hand in crafting the statement, denied in an email to Insider that the earlier draft mocking McConnell exists.

Sasse leaves the chamber as the Senate voted to consider hearing from witnesses in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

After 50 Democratic senators and seven Republicans voted that Mr Trump was guilty - a majority in the 100-seat Senate, but not the two-thirds needed for a conviction - Mr McConnell let loose, excoriating Mr Trump for the attack that saw five people die and the halls of the U.S. legislature ransacked by his supporters. "If you don't get that, you're just not looking".

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In remarks on the Senate floor shortly after Trump was cleared in a 57-43 vote, McConnell suggested that the former President could be subject to criminal prosecution.

"In a Wall Street Journal column on Monday (local time), he repeated his claim, writing: "[Trump's] supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world's largest megaphone".

In a wide-ranging interview with NPR's Morning Edition on Tuesday, Sasse said the Republican Party is in a battle between what he calls "conservatism and short-term-ism".

Presidents are historically afforded broad immunity from lawsuits for actions they take in their role as commander-in-chief but this lawsuit was brought against Mr Trump in his personal, not official, capacity and alleges that none of the behaviour at issue had to do with his responsibilities as president.

Among Republican senators who were in office for Trump's entire term, only Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky voted in line with Trump's positions less than Murkowski.

With his impeachment trial looming, the ex-president had been almost completely silent on politics since moving into his Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida nearly one month ago.

Trump faces several civil lawsuits, including two defamation lawsuits filed by women who accused him of sexually assaulting them before he was elected president in 2016. McCarthy and Trump discussed the midterm elections in 2022, according to a readout provided by his Save America PAC.

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