Republicans do not truly believe the impeachment process ends the minute a person leaves office. Republicans chose to use this argument where the process was flawed to justify their acquittal vote. The Senate is not the branch of our government where Constitutional issues are determined. It is the judicial branch that makes such determinations.
Republicans who truly believe impeachment can only happen before a person leaves office should be bringing this to the Supreme Court. By not having the court make the ruling, Republicans showed they truly do not believe their own excuse. As it stands today, the question goes unanswered. Will all presidents be give the same acquittal vote using the same reasoning? Or will it be simply a party-line vote again?
— John Parker
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