Senior Democrat Joe Machin warns colleagues Trump impeachment is 'ill advised'
Sky News Australia
Published at : 12 Jan 2021
Senior Democrat Joe Machin has urged his colleagues against impeaching Donald Trump, saying the move is "ill-advised" and could stymie the incoming Biden administration's economic recovery plan and COVID response.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has confirmed the House will vote to impeach President Trump on the charge of inciting an insurrection this week.
If passed by the House, the impeachment articles would be taken to the Senate for a trial, with senators acting as jurors who would ultimately vote on whether to acquit or convict Mr Trump.
A number of Republicans would have to join the Democrats in voting to impeach him, which requires a two-thirds majority.
Senator Manchin told Fox News an impeachment trial will further divide America just as Joe Biden is sworn in as president.
"I think this [impeachment] is so ill-advised [while] Joe Biden [is] coming in, trying to heal the country, trying to be the president of all the people when we are so divided and fighting again," the senator said