First GOP senator to consider impeachment says "wicked" Trump caused "ugly and inevitable" Capitol riot breach
THE first GOP senator to consider impeachment has slammed "wicked" Donald Trump for causing an "ugly and inevitable" Capitol riot breach.
Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska said on Friday: "The people… want him gone. Trump has acted shamefully."
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The Hill writes that Sasse – one of the most critical Republicans of Trump in the past week – "is the first GOP senator to signal a clear openness to impeachment".
Speaking to CBS This Morning, the politician confirmed that he would consider articles of impeachment from the House.
"If they come together and have a process, I will definitely consider whatever articles they might move.
"Because as I told you I believe the president has disregarded his oath of office," Sasse said.
"He swore an oath to the American people to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.
"[Trump] acted against that. What he did was wicked," he added.
After expressing his condolences for the five people who died in Wednesday's riots, Sasse added: "An insurrectionist mob tried to disrupt the House."
The politician accused Trump of "flagrantly disregarding his oath of office.
"That's not in debate".
He said he was considering "what is the best thing for America. The question is not what's best for Donald Trump.
"I don't really care what happens to Trump, the man… what I care about is the American people. The people… want him gone."
He blamed Trump for the violent assault on the Capitol, calling it an "inevitable and ugly outcome".
Sasse also said: "Trump has acted shamefully, he has been in flagrant dereliction of his duty and he will be remembered for having incited this, and for drawing more division into an already divided people.
"That is who Donald Trump is, that is what his legacy will be.
"If the house come together and have a process, I will definitely consider whatever articles they might move because I believe the president has disregarded his oath of office.
"What he did was wicked."
Sasse also urged a thorough investigation into the initial non-response of the National Guard.
He asked: "Why was the National Guard not deployed?
"When the mayor was calling on the Pentagon for backup, the National Guard wasn't deployed while the house was being taken over by violent thugs – where was the President in that process?
"We saw the VP whisked out of the room."
Rioters broke through barricades, smashed windows, snatched souvenirs and entered Congressional offices and chambers – some taking selfies with police.
Some even brazenly carried trophies with them as they walked out.
The lack of security and limited police response, despite weeks of promotion of the pro-Trump protest that sparked the riot, was in sharp contrast to the largely peaceful Black Lives Matter protests in Washington six months ago.
The D.C. Police Department said on Thursday it had arrested just 68 people in connection with the Capitol unrest.
In comparison, nearly 300 were arrested the evening that police cleared Black Lives Matter protesters from near the White House.
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined dozens of House members in the safe room where they sheltered after protesters battered the doors of their chamber on Wednesday.
The siege of the Capitol, home to both the US Senate and the House of Representatives, represents one of the gravest security lapses in recent American history, current and former law enforcement officials said.
National Guard reinforcements, summoned by the city’s mayor, were not mobilized until more than an hour after protesters had first breached the barricades.
Officers were attacked with lead pipes, chemical irritants and other weapons.
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