After he was included in a social media mention by a news organization as likely to vote to convict President Donald Trump, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan issued a statement making it clear he has not taken a position.
Alaska’s former Attorney General, now serving his second term in the U.S. Senate, said he was not ready to rush to judgment.
“Before the 2020 impeachment trial, I said that impeachment and conviction are the most severe constitutional ‘checks’ or remedies given to Congress in dealing with the conduct of a President. The charges being brought against President Trump are serious and will be given serious consideration, including examining the historical and legal precedents and the long-term impacts a conviction under these circumstances could have on our Republic,” Sullivan wrote.
The Left has tried to impeach Trump since he first took office in January of 2017, with efforts underway the week of his inauguration. By July of 2017, Democrats had filed their first article of impeachment, after Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey. Back then, the House was controlled by Republicans, and the effort failed. When Democrats took control of the House in 2018, the effort to impeach gathered steam.
Reps. Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas filed for a second time their article of impeachment. Freshman Democrat Rashida Tlaib, associated with MoveOn.org, proclaimed Democrats would “impeach the motherf—-.” Finally, after the 2018 election, Speaker Nancy Pelosi got on the impeachment train.
This is the second impeachment that has been voted on by the full House. The first one was turned down by the Senate, while the second impeachment could be taken up on Jan. 19 by the Republican-controlled Senate. But the Senate switches to Democrat control on Jan. 20, under the leadership of Sen. Chuck Schumer. That same day, Trump is no longer in office, which makes the conviction unlikely. The whole scenario is filled with political theater and grandstanding by victorious Democrats.
Sullivan is watching it unfold and said he will do his constitutional duty, when the time comes.
“For now, I continue to focus on helping to facilitate the orderly transition of power and a safe inauguration — our country needs both.”
As for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, her office has issued no statement, but in an earlier statement, she said it was time for Trump to quit, and that if he didn’t, she wasn’t sure she would stay in the Republican Party.