Tom Cotton claims “the Senate lacks constitutional authority to conduct impeachment proceedings against a former president”

In a new statement on impeachment proceedings, Senator Tom Cotton claims  the Senate lacks constitutional authority to conduct impeachment proceedings against a former president.”

Cotton writes in his statement “the House has passed an article of impeachment against the president, but the Senate under its rules and precedents cannot start and conclude a fair trial before the president leaves office next week.”

He adds “Under these circumstances, the Senate lacks constitutional authority to conduct impeachment proceedings against a former president. The Founders designed the impeachment process as a way to remove officeholders from public office—not an inquest against private citizens. The Constitution presupposes an office from which an impeached officeholder can be removed.”

Cotton Concludes “after January 20, Congress should get on with the people’s business: improving our vaccination efforts, getting kids back to school, and getting workers back on the job.”