Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions — who left President Donald Trump’s administration not under the best of terms — gave moderate Senate Republicans a bit of tough-love advice during a Fox News segment, urging them to “toughen up” and vote to acquit the president in the upcoming trial.
According to Breitbart, Sessions is firmly on the side of the president when it comes to the House-led, Democrat-initiated impeachment articles drafted against him. Sessions called the impeachment process as a whole, “terrible abuse” and urged Senators to not give it anymore attention than it deserves.
“I do think for the Republicans — it is time for them to toughen up,” he said. “There is not an impeachment case here. This is a terrible, terrible abuse of the awesome impeachment power, and the first time this has ever happened in our history. And it should not be done, and so the Republicans need to think clearly,” Sessions said during an appearance with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham.
The former AG doubled down on his thoughts about Trump’s impeachment, again referring to it as “an abuse of the process,” which is an argument echoed by many of Trump’s top allies and supporters, who claim Democrats have essentially “weaponized” the impeachment process and set a dangerous precedent for future presidents.
“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 because the evidence is not going to justify this charge, it seems to me quite clearly,” Sessions told Ingraham.
Sessions also seemed to agree with Sen. Rand Paul about calling Hunter Biden to testify, should Democrats be able to call witnesses during the upcoming trial.
The president’s impeachment trial is expected to begin on Tuesday, January 21. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed a team of House Managers for the trial earlier this week and officially transmitted the impeachment articles to the Senate for the next phase in the process.
Short of an unprecedented turn of events, Senate Republicans are expected to make somewhat quick work of the trial, leaving Democrats a virtually non-existent chance of winning the battle in the Republican-controlled upper chamber.