New Jersey Democrat Lisa McCormick told Republican US Senator Mike Braun that it’s not up to Democrats to unite the country by abandoning the impeachment process. Instead, McCormick said, “Republican senators should unite the country by holding traitors accountable for an attempted coup d’état that shocked the world.”
In an exchange on Twitter, McCormick replied to Braun, who falsely stated, “the Framers of the Constitution never intended for the Senate to hold a trial to remove a former President…”
“You’re lying!,” McCormick replied. “The Constitution clearly says impeachment is intended to remove someone from a job or prohibit one from ever holding office again.”
“There’s precedent for continuing after the guilty person left office but cowards don’t want to admit that Trump is guilty,” said McCormick.
Secretary of War William Worth Belknap delivered his resignation to President Ulysses S. Grant, on March 2, 1876, the same day he was impeached by a unanimous vote of the House of Representatives and he was tried by the Senate starting on April 5, 1876. Although Belknap was acquitted because the Senate voted 35 to 25 to convict and 40 votes needed for conviction, his trial did show the Senate has jurisdiction even after an individual leaves office.
McCormick also countered Braun’s assertion that, “President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats would be wise to unite the country by working with Republicans to safely reopen our economy and defeat the virus, instead of dividing us through this impeachment trial.”
The New Jersey Democrat said “Republican senators should unite the country by holding traitors accountable for an attempted coup d’état that shocked the world.”
“Betraying your country, especially by attempting to overthrow the government or the victorious candidate elected by the people, is treason. Donald Trump is guilty of treason,” said McCormick.
“Donald Trump is guilty of treason because he angered Americans by lying about the election result,” said McCormick. “He invited to Washington on Jan 6, an angry mob comprised of those deluded Americans. He incited that angry mob to storm the Capitol & they almost killed Mike Pence.”
“Mike Braun knows all this but he is afraid to confront Q-anon/Trump supporters in his state because he lacks the courage to defend the truth,” said McCormick. “Donald Trump is guilty of treason and real Americans want Congress to defend the Constitution & hold him accountable.”