Some Republicans are now in fact looking years beyond Wednesday’s impeachment vote against President Donald Trump to warn Democrats that a president of their party will eventually face the same fate based on raw partisan politics.
President Trump proclaimed last week, “It’s a scam. It’s something that shouldn’t be allowed. And it’s a very bad thing for our country. And you’re trivializing impeachment. And I tell you what: Someday, there will be a Democrat president, and there will be a Republican House, and I suspect they’re going to remember it,” arguing the Democrats are attempting impeachment for “absolutely nothing, other than to try and get political gain.”
House Republican Louie Gohmert from Texas also chimed in to Washington Examiner, “I’m really saddened for my country,” “I’m really concerned that the irreparable damage that now every president that has a different party in the House in control of the House will have to fight impeachment his whole term. It’s just a very, very dangerous precedent. There will definitely be some people wanting payback.”
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) on if Republicans want revenge, “That’s not going to be this senator. This senator ran for office to do something good for the American people.” And asserted, “On the other hand, one of my colleagues has said whatever is done becomes the new norm. And so I think the way that Democrats have so abused this impeachment process creates the case in the future.”
“What you do here and how we have trashed the process in getting here will live on,” Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican lawmaker on the House Judiciary Committee said in his opening statement at the Rules Committee hearing Tuesday night. As he anticipates a “day of reckoning” for a future Democratic president.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) later said to the Washington Examiner, “I say they’re wrong.” While the Democrat lieutenant from Maryland added, “This president has conducted himself in a way that consistently puts our national security at risk, in my view.”
Hoyer then argued, “If a Democratic president abuses their power and puts the constitutional requirements at risk, then they will be subject to the same action. If a Democratic president did what this president did, I would vote for articles of impeachment.”
Though Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) declared, “I know Republicans are looking for some historic analogy. When this president declassified his conversation, it speaks for itself in the nature of the charge.” The Democrat from Illinois finished saying, “I can’t tell you what their motives will be in the future, but I can tell you that this is a serious charge.”