Stacey Plaskett became the first nonvoting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives to serve as an impeachment manager in the case against former president Donald J. Trump. She did an amazing job. In fact, all of the impeachment managers presented a damning case against the former president after he incited a deadly insurrection on the Capitol on January 6. But, there was an obstacle in convicting Trump for his crime: Republicans. The GOP appears to be complicit in covering for the former president.
On Monday, the chair of the Republican Party in Washington County, Pennsylvania, said the quiet part out loud after Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) voted to convict Trump.
“We did not send him there to vote his conscience,” he said. “We did not send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he was doing. We sent him there to represent us.”
Well, according to what Plaskett told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, some Senate Republicans had privately told her she “made the case” for convicting Trump.
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“I had senators, even after we presented, who stopped me in the hallway — Republicans — who said that we had made the case, but yet they were going to vote to acquit the president,” Plaskett told Cuomo.
Plaskett said that she tried to win those Republican senators over by saying they could vote to acquit Trump but not disqualify him from holding office. That move would require only a simple majority and would have taken place after a conviction, Business Insider reports.
The Capitol siege was in affect a “second kind of Civil War,” says Del Stacey Plaskett, an impeachment manager in the 2nd trial of former Pres. Trump
“We were on the frontlines to save our…Republic,” she said. “…We have shown who Donald Trump is…the enemy that was among us” pic.twitter.com/eZ0Ig1q8v4
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) February 16, 2021
“The response was, ‘Well, I don’t think you’ll get to 17, so I’ll never get to that second disqualification vote, and I don’t want to stand out on a limb by myself,'” Plaskett recalled.
17 Republicans would have had to join Democrats to convict Trump. In the end, only seven Republicans joined Democrats to convict the former president for his crime, and that’s kind of pathetic. Republicans did not obey their constitutional duties and went with party over country once again.
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