A Republican senator indicated Sunday that he didn’t believe it was constitutional for the Senate to pursue a conviction of former President Trump on an article of impeachment charging him with inciting an insurrection.
Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he believed the Constitution only allowed for current presidents to be impeached by Congress, thereby rendering the discussion about whether Trump had committed an impeachable offense with his incitement of the violent mob that overtook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 a “moot point.”
“To begin with, I think it’s a moot point,” Rounds said. “Because, I think right now Donald Trump is no longer the president, he is a former president.”
“Article 1…specifically point[s] out that you can impeach the president, and it does not indicate that you can impeach someone t… (Read more)
Rounds: Trump impeachment is "a moot point" @SenatorRounds (R-S.D.) says “there are other things” the Senate would rather be working on instead of the Trump impeachment trial, during an exclusive interview with Meet the Press.https://t.co/PfXGDnE5hr pic.twitter.com/1XrfE6TkTn— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 24, 2021