Sen. Ted Cruz stepped up his defense for President Donald Trump over the weekend, before the official impeachment trial is set to begin in the U.S. Senate, saying that the impeachment charges brought against the president by House Democrats don’t even amount to as much as a “speeding ticket.”
The Daily Wire reported on Sunday that Cruz, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, severely downplayed Democrats’ efforts to make a case that Trump committed crimes worthy of an impeachment process and trial.
“I do think what we have seen coming out of the House is an abuse of the Constitution,” Cruz stated during an appearance on Fox News over the weekend. “And the reason is that they’re using this for political purposes. This is the first time in history any president is alleged – has been impeached without the articles alleging any criminal conduct at all, without alleging any federal crime was violated.”
The Texas senator, who once fiercely opposed Trump in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, doubled down on his assertion that the Democrats essentially have nothing of substance when it comes to allegations of crimes committed.
“They don’t allege any federal law was violated. They don’t even allege as much as that the president has a speeding ticket, and that has never happened in our country’s history,” said Cruz.
He then echoed statements by many of Trump’s allies and supporters — that Democrats have essentially weaponized the impeachment process as a means of revenge for their candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, losing the 2016 election to Trump.
“And to use impeachment like the House Democrats are doing, to express their political disagreement with the president, to try to overturn an election they’re unhappy with, that is an abuse of the Constitutio,” Cruz added.
As previously reported by Daily Sounder, last week Cruz issued a declaration that if Democrats are allowed to call witnesses, then Republicans should be able to call an equal number of witnesses to make their arguments.
“So, if the prosecution is allowed one witness, the White House ought to be allowed at least one witness. If the prosecution is allowed two witnesses, the White House ought to be allowed two witnesses,” Cruz told The Washington Examiner.
The president’s impeachment trial is set to begin on Tuesday, January 21, with an initial vote to determine the rules of the trial. The Republican-controlled upper chamber is expected to acquit the president of any charges.