Ernst, Grassley Comment on Votes Against Impeaching Former Pres. Trump

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WASHINGTON, DC - Both Iowa Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley are on record with statements on their votes against convicting former President Trump.

Ernst said the impeachment amounted to partisan revenge and was unconstitutional because Trump was no longer in office.

Grassley said Congress did not have the authority to try a private citizen, and that the House Managers failed to prove their case.

On Saturday after Senators voted to have witnesses, Ernst told a New York Times reported it was a "total, total s**t show and a "tool of revenge."

The House Managers and Trump defense team later agreed to not call witnesses, but instead to include a statement from Republican Representative Herrera Beutler in the record.

Herrera Beutler had said late Friday that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke with Trump as a mob was attacking the U.S. Capitol and that the former president seemed unconcerned about the riot.

Ernst and Grassley joined 41 other Republican Senators to vote against convicting former President Trump of insurrection.

Seven Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in favor of conviction. The total did not reach the 67 votes needed to convict Trump.

Read Senator Ernst's full statement here and Senator Grassley's here.


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