Ted Cruz says Barack Obama could be impeached as Republicans slam ‘unconstitutional’ Trump trial

TEXAS Republican Senator Ted Cruz has suggested that former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama could be impeached next as he blasted the ‘unconstitutional’ Trump trial.

Cruz slammed the “partisan, divisive, angry” impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump as he questioned whether Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama would be next up.

Speaking in an interview on Fox News, Cruz told host Sean Hannity the Democrats' perceived urgency in impeaching Trump was an "exercise in political rage”.

“This is not driven by the needs of the country, this is not driven by trying to help out the people who are hurting back home,” he said.

“This is driven by partisan rage and the partisan anger they feel. This was an exercise in political rage…they hate Donald Trump.”

This was an exercise in political rage

Trump, the only president to be impeached twice, is expected to face trial in the US Senate in February after allegedly inciting riots at the US Capitol building on January 6.

Five people died in the mass insurrection as the rioting mob stormed the Capitol after Trump told supporters: "We fight like hell, and if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore."

Trump was previously impeached in December 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of justice but acquitted of both charges by the Senate.

Cruz said he believed President Joe Biden’s calls for unity in his inauguration speech had been ignored by Congressional Democrats in a bid to impeach Trump.

“The first step they took after hearing an impassioned plea for unity is to charge down the road of a partisan, divisive, angry impeachment trial,” Cruz told Hannity.

“These are the same Democrats who in December of 2016 before Trump was sworn in—said they wanted to impeach him. They've wanted to impeach him from the beginning. They did it a year ago.”

The senator added he felt he was trapped in the comedy movie Groundhog Day "where apparently every January we're going to be doing another impeachment”.

“So I guess next year, I don't know, maybe it'll be the impeachment of Jimmy Carter or the impeachment of Bill Clinton or the impeachment of Barack Obama because that's what we do in Januaries,” said Cruz.

Clinton was impeached in 1998 for perjury and obstruction of justice. After refusing to vacate the office, Clinton was acquitted by the Senate in February 1999.

Cruz continued: “This was not done by facts or the evidence but by extreme partisanship and that is not what the American people want.”

The senator has been a staunch supporter of Trump over the past months, adding fuel to the fire of his voter fraud claims during the 2020 US election.

During the January Congressional confirmation of Electoral College votes, Cruz stepped forward to submit a challenge to Arizona's electoral vote, which was voted down.

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