Cramer Says He Isn’t Sure If McConnell Has A Lot Of Power Over Impeachment Vote
Republican Senator Kevin Cramer said he has no idea how many people in the U.S. Senate would opt to follow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when removing President Donald Trump from office. He pointed out that he doesn't know that the 78-year-old Kentucky's senior senator has a lot of power.
During his appearance on CNBC’s The News with Shepard Smith, Cramer suggested that there will be some "wimps" in the U.S. Senate who'd simply follow McConnell over Trump's impeachment. Trump has been held accountable for inciting the Capitol riots last week, which claimed five lives, including one Capitol police officer.
Cramer noted that McConnell has a lot of influence, however, he doesn't know if he has a lot of power. He went on to suggest that McConnell has a considerable amount of power over the schedule, as well as the process but noted that many people in the United States Senate would decide to vote one way or the other because McConnell does.
It is worth mentioning here that McConnell had turned down the idea of an impeachment trial before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Moreover, he tweeted a full statement on the next week and the Senate schedule, noting that he had not decided on how he will vote.
The House of Representatives voted 232-197 to remove Trump from the presidency, with ten Republicans voting to impeach Trump. The House moved forward with impeaching Trump for “incitement of insurrection” after a mob of pro-Trump supporters broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a bid to block the Congressional certification of Joe Biden's win in the 2020 presidential election.
This came just seven days before Trump was slated to leave office, making him the only president in the country's 244-year history to be impeached twice. According to Cramer, the House didn't take enough time before judging the situation and described it as a more political body than the Senate.
Host Shepard Smith went on to ask Cramer if he would consider convicting Trump, but Cramer argued that he had read the Constitution several times, adding that in America, people need to go through a process, unless you are Trump. Noting that he doesn't default to guilty, Cramer said convicting Trump doesn't coincide with what the Constitution stands for and due process.
The article of impeachment accuses Trump of threatening the integrity of the democratic system. Aside from that, it said the president blocked the peaceful transition of power while putting a coequal branch of Government in jeopardy.