Republican senator calls for Trump’s resignation amid impeachment furor
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Toomey, appearing on Sunday television news shows, said he did not think there was time for impeachment with only 10 days left in Trump’s term, and noted there did not appear to be consensus to use the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to strip Trump of his powers.
He told CNN he believed Trump could be held criminally liable in the events at the Capitol.
Lisa Murkowski on Friday became the first Republican U.S. senator to say Trump should resign immediately, and Republican Ben Sasse said he would “definitely consider” impeachment.
It was unclear whether a significant number of other Republicans would follow suit. Republican leaders have urged the Democratic-led House not to initiate impeachment proceedings for a historic second time against Trump.
A few Republicans have joined Democrats’ call for Vice President Mike Pence to exercise the 25th Amendment to remove Trump. Pence has opposed the idea, an adviser said.
Senator Roy Blunt, a member of the Republican leadership, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” he did not think Trump should resign but that he should be “very careful over the next 10 days.”
The White House said Trump planned to leave Washington to visit the border wall in Alamo, Texas, on Tuesday, a day after Democrats in the House of Representatives plan to introduce an article of impeachment accusing him of inciting insurrection.
U.S. Representative Ted Lieu said there are now 200 co-sponors for the impeachment legislation he will introduce on Monday.