Republican Senator Ben Sasse won’t rule out supporting Democrats’ effort to impeach President Donald Trump over his behavior regarding the Capitol Hill protests.
Ben Sasse of Nebraska told conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt that he is now investigating whether the president resisted deploying the National Guard as rioters breached the Capitol building on Wednesday and disrupted lawmakers who were affirming Joe Biden’s victory.
“I think that there are a lot of questions that we need to get to the bottom of about why the National Guard was deployed. Why was it delayed?” the senator said on Friday.
“That’s what I’ve been working on last night and this morning,” Sasse added. “I want to understand more about why the National Guard wasn’t deployed when there had been clear calls for it. And then why that delay happened. So there are more things that I need to understand before I get to a conclusion or judgment about that. But I think that the question of was the president derelict in his duty — that’s not an open question. He was.”
From Washington Examiner:
In addition, Sasse said Trump “incited” the violence by encouraging his followers at a rally on Wednesday to head to the Capitol, but he admitted he is not a lawyer who is employing a legal term.
Five people have died in connection to the violence, including a Capitol Police officer.
House Democrats are already moving to introduce articles of impeachment, even with less than two weeks until Inauguration Day, as reports indicated Vice President Mike Pence is not in favor of invoking the 25th Amendment to strip Trump of his powers before the end of his term.
Should the House impeach Trump, 67 senators are needed to convict the president and remove him from office. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah was the sole Republican senator to vote in favor of one of the Ukraine-related articles of impeachment against Trump last year — becoming the first senator ever to vote to remove a president of his own party.