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Sen. Alexander: Trump 'Inappropriate' on Call, but Impeachment a 'Mistake'

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By    |   Thursday, 10 October 2019 02:05 PM

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says that although President Donald Trump had been “inappropriate” to discuss a political opponent with a foreign government, “impeachment would be a mistake.”

“It’s inappropriate for the president to be talking with foreign governments about investigating his political opponents, but impeachment would be a mistake. An election, which is just around the corner, is the right way to decide who should be president," Alexander, who is set to retire at the end of 2020, said in a statement on Wednesday, according to The Hill.
The senator added, "Impeachment has never removed a president. It will only divide the country further.”

A close ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Alexander had largely avoided the discussion about Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president, urging him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

"The Senate Intelligence Committee is determining the facts in the Ukraine whistleblower matter, and I want to know the facts before I comment," Alexander, who does not sit on the panel, said in a statement last month.

In his statement this week, the senator implied that he would refrain from commenting on the situation any further.

“If the House impeaches the president, the Senate would be the jury. There would be many twists and turns between now and a Senate trial. Therefore, as a potential juror, I will have nothing more to say about impeachment until all the evidence is presented and all the arguments are made," Alexander said.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says that although President Donald Trump had been “inappropriate” to discuss a political opponent with a foreign government, “impeachment would be a mistake.”
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