GOP senators refuse to back Donald Trump again — even if he’s indicted

If Donald Trump runs for president for a third term, Republicans on Capitol Hill will have to face all the things they hoped were gone forever — constantly replying to his tweets. falls, worrying about his tweets becoming the target of the chaotic parade that has characterized his administration.

But there’s another possible twist that, at least so far, most Republicans in the Senate don’t want to even think about: Trump running and then being indicted for his Jan. 6 conduct. This would give the nation a modern political first – a major-party candidate who has a realistic chance of winning the nomination while facing a serious criminal charge.

Republican senators say that so far, they haven’t given the idea much thought — at least not that they’re willing to admit — and declined to say whether anyone accused of breaking the law would be charged. shall be ineligible to be charged constitutionally. Complying with national laws.

“You’re talking about speculation. Wait until things happen and then we’ll talk, okay? Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama told OlxPraca this week.

“Wow, I don’t know. I don’t know what the rules are,” said Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. “I haven’t thought about it yet.”

The possibility is not as remote as it seems. Trump has seemingly done everything but announce his re-election bid. Broadly indicated His supporters will be happy with his decision.

At the same time, signs have emerged that the Justice Department is far ahead of the Jan. 6 coup attempt and Trump’s role in it than previously thought. The Washington Post reported this on July 26. Trump was being investigated. For possible offenses related to January 6, and CNN reported. Recently, Trump’s lawyers have been in contact with the Justice Department about the investigation and warned Trump that he could be indicted.

“You’re talking about speculation. Wait until things happen and then we’ll talk, okay?

– Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)

“Trump’s legal defense team has warned him that indictment is possible,” CNN said, citing unspecified sources.

As for Portman’s question of whether holding the indictment would be against the rules, there is. There is nothing in the official rules of the Republican Party that mention impeachment. Or charges, nor me The ultimate party platform Adopted in 2016.

It is different from equal. House Republicans RulesIn which it is clearly stated that the party members will have to resign from their committee seats on being indicted. In other words, an indictment can force a rank-and-file House Republican to resign from the third-tier House Budget Committee but has no formal effect on who can run for the party’s presidential nomination.

Among GOP senators who had an opinion about what should happen if Trump were to run as an impeachment nominee, feelings ran across the board.

Sen. Rick Scott (Fla.), the national Republican senatorial campaign chairman charged with winning back the chamber for the GOP, said whether the call was Trump’s.

“This is a choice that President Trump has to make and the voters have to decide,” he told OlxPraca.

Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), a 2016 presidential candidate, said the indictment would amount to criminalizing political dissent.

He said that in my opinion, it is not appropriate in a democracy to prosecute a case based on one’s political beliefs or stance. “You think the governor should be approved by the electors or the secretary of state or the state legislature seems like a political point of view.”

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, in a re-election battle against a Trump-backed opponent, said talk of indicting Trump “talks about scenarios much further down the road.”

But asked if she thought the indictment would be dismissed, Murkowski said, “Sure.”

“Of course.”

– Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), on whether she thought an indictment would disqualify Trump from running for president again.

Florida’s Marco Rubio, another GOP presidential candidate Trump defeated in 2016, declined to comment, saying “I’m not making any such speculation.”

GOP leaders also remained silent on this question. The office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) declined to comment, though McConnell has indicated in the past that Trump could be a problem for the GOP because of his A “crowded field” of potential 2024 nominees.

A request for comment from the office of House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy was not returned.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is running for president in 2020.

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One former Democratic presidential candidate had an opinion, though. One of the last 2020 Democratic candidates before President Joe Biden wins the party’s nomination, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.

“Trump should be disqualified by the American electorate, who, by then, should be horrified by what has come out,” he said.

“If Republicans want to embrace an individual accused of treasonous acts against the United States of America, there’s no stopping them,” Warren added.

“The Republicans have gone so far that the American people — and that includes Democrats, Republicans and independents — have said, ‘No, we’re not going there with you.’

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