Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Democrat Senator Chris Coons admitted he’s “gravely concerned” Trump will be emboldened by acquittal.
While Democrats now have the votes to successfully impeach President Trump, to prevent acquittal would take the near-impossible task of convincing 20 GOP Senators to vote with Democrats in convicting the President.
House Intel Chair Adam Schiff, claimed that impeachment followed by acquittal would not be a failure while being interviewed on ABC’s by George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.”
“No, it isn’t a failure” said Schiff “at least it’s not a failure in the sense of our constitutional duty in the House.”
Yahoo reports Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) suggested he’s worried President Donald Trump will feel empowered to seek foreign interference in the 2020 election should Republicans exonerate him in a possible impeachment trial in the Senate.
Coons, who sits on the Senate’s Judiciary and Foreign Relations committees, made the comments during an appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked to respond to an article published last week by Politico’s Kyle Cheney.
Host Chuck Todd read an excerpt from the piece: “What happens when a remorseless president commits the same behavior that got him impeached in the first place — only this time after the House has already deployed the most potent weapon in its arsenal?”
“That’s one of my real concerns,” Coons responded. He suggested House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was reluctant to impeach Trump but felt compelled to because of the allegations against him.
An anonymous whistleblower, as well as several current and former State Department officials, say Trump withheld U.S. military aid in an effort to get Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden.
“What Donald Trump is alleged to have done ― and all evidence points to him having done it, which is to invite foreign interference in our next election ― undermines the very core of our democracy, which is free and fair elections where foreign parties aren’t influencing the outcome,” Coons said.
He continued: “If he is ultimately exonerated in the Senate, if the Senate Republican majority refuses to discipline him through impeachment, he will be unbounded. And I am gravely concerned about what else he might do between now and the 2020 election when there are no restrictions on his behavior.”
"He will be unbounded. And I am gravely concerned about what else he might do between now and the 2020 election." pic.twitter.com/Rylct29ls6
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