One wonders what motivated Nancy Pelosi to again launch a futile impeachment effort. Just as before, there will never be enough senators to convict, which will allow the former president to truthfully claim he has been exonerated twice. If she thinks she can target senators who vote not guilty, the assault on the Capitol and this impeachment will be old news by 2022, regardless of the Democrats’ and the media’s efforts to keep it alive.
And finally, it’s a moot point. Democrats are swatting at a fly who has flown outside, shooting at game that has left the field. It’s absurd and meaningless and the voters know it.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 24, 2021
FNC: “Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., came out firmly against the upcoming Senate impeachment trial for former President Trump, stating that not only does it raise constitutional issues, but it impedes President Biden’s administration. In an interview with NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday, Rounds addressed the subject by first asserting that impeachment is the constitutionally prescribed method for removing an official, not punishing one who is already gone.”
“To begin with, I think it’s a moot point, because I think right now Donald Trump is no longer the president, he is a former president,” Rounds said. “The Constitution, and I think, and I know that there are other people out there that may disagree with me, but Article I Sections I think 6 and 7 specifically point out that you can impeach the president, and it does not indicate that you can impeach someone who is not in office. So I think it’s a moot point and I think it’s one that they would have a very difficult time in trying to get done within the Senate.
“I know that the Biden administration would love to have more of their Cabinet in place, there’s a number of Republicans who also feel the same way. We should allow this president the opportunity to form his Cabinet, and to get that in place as quickly as possible. If we start working on an impeachment, which looks like we’re going to end up doing, we’ve only got a couple of weeks here in which to actually work through and allow this president an opportunity to form a Cabinet. A lot of us would prefer to maybe work through those issues instead.”
Predictably, Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, disagrees. “If we’re going to have unity in our country, I think it’s important to recognize the need for accountability, for truth and justice.” Romney said he feels that the House’s article of impeachment “suggests impeachable conduct.” He claims he will “do my best as a Senate juror to apply justice as well as I can understand it.” Which, for Romney, means voting guilty.