Former Alabama Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News host Laura Ingraham Wednesday night that moderate Republicans will have to recognize that there’s no case for impeaching President Donald Trump ahead of the Senate trial.
“It’s time for them to toughen up. There is not an impeachment case here. This is a terrible terrible abuse of the awesome impeachment power in and the first time this has ever happened in our history and it should not be done,” Sessions told Ingraham.
“Republicans need to think clearly, they need to call it what it is: an abuse of the process, and you’re right- they don’t need to give it any real credibility. The evidence is not going to justify this charge. It seems to me quite clearly.”
House managers, appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, delivered the articles of impeachment to the Senate Wednesday night. The Senate will now conduct a trial, which is expected to begin next Tuesday, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this week.
The question remains as to whether the Senate will hear from witnesses. The GOP Senators advocating for witness testimony include Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-A), Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Republicans and Democrats are both weighing the issue and are considering issuing subpoenas to witnesses.