Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said Sunday the impeachment process is political — and being taken “too lightly.”
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” said the obstruction of Congress charge could have been leveled at a number of President Donald Trump’s predecessors.
“This is a political process, no matter how you describe it,” he said, adding: “It always has been. It always will be.”
“I think the House sending over a very vague two charges to the Senate and then assuming it's the Senate's job to try to make something out of that, takes a process we're already taking too lightly — impeachment- three times in 46 years and taking it even more lightly,” he scolded.
“I think we need to be sure that we set a standard where they have to make sense before they're sent over, not leave it up to the Senate to try to make sense out of a case that the House says they clearly made,” he added.
Blunt said he resisted pressure to indict former President Barack Obama.
“I will tell you that for eight years we were constantly challenged on my side: The president should be impeached for this, the president should be impeached for withholding records with ‘Fast and Furious’… and I resisted that,” he said.
“One of the articles of impeachment [against Trump] is the president resisted giving information to the Congress, which is exactly what President Obama did. It's what President [Bill] Clinton did. It's what President [George] Bush did. Every president's done that.”
In a separate interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Blunt also referred to the political nature of the impeachment process, saying the Senate trial isn’t a trial in the “classic” sense.
"This is called a trial because there's really, in the Constitution, I think no better thing to call it… it's not a trial in any classic sense,” he said. “It is a political decision to do it. And at the end of the day, every single member of the Senate has considerations that are pretty obvious."
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