(The Post Millennial) – Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called the second impeachment trial for President Trump an “illegitimate procedure” and a “fake, partisan impeachment,” in a Fox News appearance Friday.
Paul raised concerns with the legitimacy of the impeachment trial which wouldn’t include Chief Justice John Roberts.
"If the Chief Justice isn't coming, I think it's an illegitimate procedure. It isn't a real impeachment, it's going to be a fake, partisan impeachment."@RandPaul says the impeachment is "illegitimate" because it is not against the sitting president. pic.twitter.com/HVDJIEIc4D
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“If Justice Roberts won’t preside over this sham ‘impeachment’ then why would it ever be considered legitimate?” Paul asked Hannity.
“It isn’t a real impeachment. It’s going to be a fake, partisan impeachment,” Paul continued.
Justice Roberts may refuse to preside over the impeachment trial after facing harsh pushback over the first one, the Daily Mail reports. The Constitution states that, “When the President of the United States is tried the Chief Justice shall preside,” though Trump would no longer be President at the Time of the trial, possibly giving Roberts a loophole to sip the trial.
“The story is, that the chief justice is not going to be asked, but the reason he’s not going to be asked is he’s privately said he’s not supposed to come unless it’s an impeachment of the president,” Paul explained. .
“So, this is an illegitimate procedure, 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.”