Just three Republican senators balked at signing as cosponsors to a GOP Senate resolution condemning secret impeachment proceedings taking place in three House committees.
Those three are Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and Mitt Romney of Utah. Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska did sign on as a cosponsor of the Sense of the Senate.
No Democrats in the Senate signed it but the rest of the Republicans did. The resolution was introduced by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Murkowski told reporters, “You don’t hold up foreign aid that we had previously appropriated for a political initiative. Period.”
But that’s not the way it works in the Executive Branch.
“We do that all the time with foreign policy,” Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told ABC News reporter Jon Karl. “Get over it…Elections have consequences.”
Sen. Graham told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that the resolution “puts the Senate on record condemning the House.”
The resolution calls for an open inquiry that allows President Trump his due process protections. To date, the committees have been meeting in secret to determine if Trump withheld aid Ukraine government while demanding the country investigate interference in the 2016 election, which would involve Joe Biden in his role as Vice President.
The cosponsors of the resolution are:
- Scott (SC)
- Scott (FL)
Republican National Committee’s Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of President Trump and the Graham-McConnell resolution:
“Today, members of the RNC Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution of support for our president and the Graham-McConnell resolution condemning the unprecedented actions of House Democrats,” said Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “However baseless this inquiry may be, if House Democrats are intent on pursuing their political vendetta against President Trump, he should at least be afforded the same due process as every other American. Their unwillingness to do that is further evidence that this partisan sham is nothing more than a desperate attempt to take down a president they know they can’t beat at the ballot box.”