Former Republican Senator Jeff Flake penned an op-ed for the Washington Post that was published on Friday. In the op-ed, he addressed his former republican colleagues about Donald Trump’s upcoming Senate impeachment trial.
“My simple test for all of us: What if President Barack Obama had engaged in precisely the same behavior?” Flake wrote. “I know the answer to that question with certainty, and so do you. You would have understood with striking clarity the threat it posed, and you would have known exactly what to do.”
Flake went on to tell his former Senate colleagues that not only is Trump on trial, but “so are you. And so is the political party to which we belong.”
On Wednesday, Trump was impeached by the House for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It will now be sent to Senate for trial.
To my former Senate Republican colleagues:
“What is indefensible is echoing House Republicans who say that the president has not done anything wrong. He has.”https://t.co/ldaBUzGsWW
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) December 20, 2019
Flake went on to state that Republicans could either “reasonably conclude” whether Trump’s “actions warrant his removal” or they do “not rise to the constitutional standard required for removal.”
He added, “There is no small amount of moral hazard with each option, but both positions can be defended.”
“But what is indefensible is echoing House Republicans who say that the president has not done anything wrong. He has,” Flake wrote.
“Personally, I have never met anyone whose behavior can be described as perfect, but so often has the president repeated this obvious untruth that it has become a form of dogma in our party,” he penned. “And sure enough, as dogma demands, there are members of our party denying objective reality by repeating the line that ‘the president did nothing wrong.'”
“My colleagues, the danger of an untruthful president is compounded when the coequal branch follows that president off the cliff, into the abyss of unreality and untruth,” Flake continued.
“If there ever was a time to put country over party, it is now. And by putting country over party, you might just save the Grand Old Party before it’s too late,” Flake concluded.