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Two Republican Senators Now Say President Donald trump He should step down in the wake of deadly unrest on Capitol Hill and support for the House campaign to impeach him a second time is gaining momentum.

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey joined Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski on Sunday in calling on Trump to “step down and leave as soon as possible” after a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.

Murkowski, who has long voiced exasperation over Trump’s conduct in office, told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday that Trump simply “needs to get out.”

Supporters of President Donald Trump’s riots scale the west wall of the US Capitol. (AP)
Trump supporters demonstrate at the State Capitol, Wednesday, Jan.6, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo / Sue Ogrocki) (AP)

Toomey said that even though he believes Trump committed imputable crimes by rooting for loyalists in the Capitol siege, he did not believe there would be enough time for the impeachment process to unfold.

Resignation, Toomey said, was “the best way forward, the best way to make this person look in the rearview mirror for us.”

The senator was not optimistic that Trump would resign before his term ends on January 20.

House leaders, furious after the violent insurrection against them, seem determined to act despite the short deadline.

Anti-scale fences have been placed in front of the Supreme Court, which is located across from the United States Capitol. (AP)
Late on Saturday, President of the Chamber Nancy pelosi, sent a letter to his colleagues reiterating that Trump must be held accountable.

She told her group, now dispersed across the country in a two-week hiatus, to “be prepared to return to Washington this week,” but did not openly say there would be a vote on impeachment.

“It is absolutely essential that those who perpetrated the assault on our democracy are held accountable,” Pelosi wrote.

“There must be an acknowledgment that this desecration was instigated by the president.”

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania (file) (AP)

Jim Clyburn, the third Democrat in the House of Representatives, said that “it may be Tuesday, Wednesday before the measures are taken, but I think they will be taken this week.”

Clyburn, DS.C., a close ally of President-elect Joe Biden, suggested that if the House votes in favor of impeachment, Ms. Pelosi could withhold the charges, known as articles of impeachment, until after the first 100 Biden’s days in office. .

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has said that an impeachment trial could not begin before Inauguration Day, January 20.

“Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda in motion,” Clyburn said. “And maybe we’ll ship the items sometime later.”

Mr. Clyburn said legislators “will take the vote that we should take in the House” and that Ms. Pelosi will “determine when is the best time” to send them to the Senate.

Another idea being considered is having a separate vote that would prevent Trump from taking office again.

That could potentially require a simple majority of 51 senators, as opposed to impeachment, in which two-thirds of the 100 members of the Senate must support a conviction.

Toomey indicated that he could support such a vote: “I believe the president has disqualified himself from serving again,” he said. “I don’t think I am eligible in any way.”

The Senate will be split evenly at 50-50, but under Democratic control once Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and the two Democrats who won in the Georgia Senate runoff last week are sworn in. Harris will be the Senate tiebreaker vote.

While many have criticized Trump, Republicans have said impeachment would be divisive in times of unity.

An American flag flies over the White House in Washington. (AP)

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said that instead of coming together, Democrats want to “talk about ridiculous things like, ‘We’re going to impeach a president,’ who’s not even going to be in office for about nine days.”

Senator Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, said Trump’s actions “were clearly reckless,” but “my personal opinion is that the president touched the hot stove on Wednesday and is unlikely to touch it again.”

Still, some Republicans might support him.

Capitol fenced off after a day of chaos

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse said he would take a look at any article the House sends him.

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a frequent critic of Trump, said he will “vote the right way” if the issue is brought up to him.

But, he said, “I honestly don’t think impeachment is the smart move because I think it re-victimizes Donald Trump.”


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