Sen. Paul says Trump’s impeachment trial will be ‘illegitimate’ if John Roberts doesn’t preside

Democrats’ ongoing impeachment effort against now-former President Donald Trump is crumbling, at least in the eyes of Sen. Rand Paul.

The Kentucky Republican told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Friday that if Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts doesn’t oversee Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, the process will be “illegitimate,” the Washington Examiner reported.

Paul’s remarks come after the House voted 232–197 earlier this month to impeach Trump on a single charge of “incitement” for what Democrats have characterized as an “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, as NPR reported.

But Dems knew the Senate wouldn’t be able to take up the matter until after Joe Biden was sworn in as commander-in-chief — and now, Paul says they may have missed their chance.

A “sham” impeachment

This is because Trump is now a private citizen, and according to Paul, Chief Justice Roberts has “privately said he’s not supposed to come unless it’s an impeachment of the president.”

In Paul’s eyes, Roberts’ absence renders the entire procedure moot. “It isn’t a real impeachment. It’s going to be a fake, partisan impeachment,” the senator told Hannity, according to the Examiner.

“[T]his is an illegitimate procedure,” Paul added. “And even the chief justice of the Supreme Court, who’s not a rabid Trump person — who’s actually, if anything, sort of in the middle — he is now saying this is illegitimate because ‘I’m not getting in the middle of this and I’m not coming over for this.'”

As the Examiner noted, the senator’s remarks echoed a tweet he put out earlier in the day. “If Justice Roberts won’t preside over this sham ‘impeachment’ then why would it ever be considered legitimate?” Paul wrote. “Hint: It won’t be.”

The begging question

Paul’s complaints all boil down to a single question: Is it Constitutional to impeach a private citizen?

Legal scholars have debated on the issue, and while Paul’s position has been made obvious, a final answer remains unclear. Indeed, the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court would typically preside over a Senate impeachment trial, but as Paul alluded, reports suggest Roberts wants no part of this effort.

In any case, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is expected to submit the articles of impeachment to the Senate on Monday, as NPR reports. A trial in the Senate is not expected to take place until mid-February, however.

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  1. If I were in Chief Justice Roberts” position, I wouldn’t preside over the moot proceeding against a President who has already left office. The Democrats just want to get Trump barred from further federal office by a 2/3 vote of the Senate in a moot case. Its too late.

  2. I wonder if vindictive Nancy has even thought this through? She has been using “impeachment” like a CHILD’S plaything. She is ‘trying’ to impeach a man who is no longer President by “her” belief that his word ‘peacefully’ was really an order for rebellion against Congress. Need I point out that our presently elected President is GUILTY of using his office as Vice President to incur monetary benefits for BOTH himself and his son/family. These are PROVEABLE offenses which would involve impeachment if brought before the senate. Both the senate and the house could (and probably will) fall to the republican’s in two years. Be VERY careful what you wish for Nancy !!!!!

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  4. I know this may sound bad, but I really really despise Pelosi and her minions. I don’t say that lightly, as “hate” is something I was taught NEVER to say. My country, it’s mixed but beautiful history of striving to be better has been thrown to the bestial wolves ..actually wolves are better…the Democrat hatred of anyone and anything that is not in their psychopathic wheelhouse is to be destroyed. It makes me sick.

  5. The President was not given the right to defend, in a hurry Nancy P in a rush in 6 days impeached a sitting President with her anger against him. When he was any way going home after 14 days. This is the most shameful impeachment. Not giving the right to defend. The Senate should do the right thing throw this sham impeachment out of the window to teach Nancy a lesson for not giving the President a chance to defend. It is sham and shameful

  6. Now maybe the ignorant voters who failed to do some research and investigate the candidates running for federal office will do so in the future.
    We do not need an extortionists in the highest office of the land. I find it almost impossible biteme did not win fair and square. Very few people attended any events he held while Trump voters attended in the thousands.

  7. I have NEVER seen so many IDIOTS collected in one place. with a STUPID idiot as there leader! I have been told that DUCT TAPE can fix anything,,,, but there is not enough DUCT TAPE in the WORLD to fix STUPIDITY

  8. With sincerest apologies to Henry Rider Haggard, “SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED” has been on a warpath since Donald J. Trump’s famous walk down the elevator to declare his presidential bid. “SHE” did — and is still doing — all she possibly can to make sure DJT can never come up for air after being dumped into the surging barrage of ambush from corrupt media, power-hungry tech giants, consummately greedy political creatures and dwellers of the Washington swamp. “SHE” knows DJT will bring the evil theatrics out into the open and expose what these creatures have been accusing DJT of doing. “SHE” is part of the herd that is pulling the strings, dictating the scripts, and choreographing the new administration. ‘SHE” had good training from the masters and she believes she can continue being the power behind the throne.

  9. They let people run through the streets of Chicago, destroying businesses, homes,autos etc. al. , the city itself and did NOTHING, our states attorney dropped charges and released these criminals. Yet, they want to destroy a man who did more for this country in 4 years than the last 5 presidents.

  10. The one who should be really impeached if oelodhit. She’s as crooked as they come. Throw her to the wolves.

  11. Do they really believe if President Trump was some how barred from holding office that would destroy the Republican party? We are more than one person or one idea. We have become the party of the people, by the people and for the people. Stand back ye Democrats and RHINOS because we are coming for you in 2022.

  12. Well, we already have a fake president, a fake vice president and a fake inauguration!!! So, now we will also have a FAKE impeachment trial. Of course, this impeachment was FAKE before it ever got started!!.

  13. All above comments are right on target. Piglosi is totally unfit to be speaker of the house! She has overstepped her authority, abused her power, and is attempting to create a police state! She must be removed from congress, she is a danger to our country and a national security risk!

  14. I am a reg. republican. I have never voted republican down the line, I vote for the candidate , in all races, who I believe will do the best job for this country.
    But now I see a group of supposedly educated elected officials led by Pelosi
    trying to impeach a man no longer in office. I heard the speech on which you are basing the impeachment, frankly you have all made speeches far more inflammatory then that. In fact my opinion the speech was that the people should march down to the congressional hall to show congress their solidarity so congressmen would do the “right thing”.I didn’t hear any thing about breaking the law. Therefore I must conclude the dems. FEAR Trump and don’t want him running again. As such I will NEVER vote for any democratic candidate again. The democratic party has shown it’s self to be petty , vindictive and ANTI AMERICAN

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