Republicans have spent much of the day accusing Democrats of trying to use impeachment to reverse the results of the 2016 election.
“If my Democratic colleagues were being honest, they’d tell us the only thing President Trump is guilty of is not being Hillary Clinton,” said Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall.
Democrats and Republicans have long since stopped discussing the same reality when it comes to the Trump–Ukraine affair. Democrats have spent the day focusing on Trump’s actions and arguing he abused his presidential powers by pressuring Ukraine to interfere in domestic politics and obstructed Congress’s investigation.
Rather than take on the details of those charges, Republicans have portrayed the whole process as a sort of legislative coup.
“They hate this president. They hate those of us who voted for him,” said Utah Rep. Chris Stewart. “They think we made a mistake. They think Hillary Clinton should be president and they want to fix that. That’s what this about.”
Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler eventually pointed out that impeachment would not, in fact, reverse the results of the election and place Clinton in the White House. If a president is convicted in the Senate and removed from office, the vice president assumes the presidency.
“I would remind the gentleman if President Trump is impeached and removed, the new president would be Mike Pence, not Hillary Clinton,” Nadler said.
Hearing this, Republicans broke into cheers.