By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The Lincoln County Republican Party is urging U.S. Sens. Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso to oppose former President Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial.
Lincoln County GOP Chairman Michael Lundgren shared a resolution approved by the party over the weekend, asking Barrasso and Lummis to oppose the Senate trial, calling the impeachment a “travesty.”
“The impeachment of President Donald J. Trump in the House was a travesty without giving President Trump due process,” the resolution said. “Holding a Senate trial would tend to legitimize this impeachment travesty and set a dangerous Constitutional precedent.”
The resolution also said that impeachment is only pertinent for a sitting president, not a former president like Trump.
A number of congressional representatives, including U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, voted to impeach Trump following a mob attack on the U.S. Capitol building earlier this month. The articles of impeachment approved by the House have been sent to the Senate, where that body’s Democrat leaders have vowed Trump will be tried on the allegations he incited a riot and invasion of the U.S. Capitol.
The riot was in response to congressional leaders voting to certify the presidential election results, which confirmed President Joe Biden as the winner.
Barrasso hasn’t said publicly whether he will vote to impeach the president and has been largely out of the public eye over the last month, having last appeared on television on Dec. 20.
Last week, he broke his silence to condemn some of the first moves made by Biden, such as stopping construction of the Keystone pipeline.
Lummis also hasn’t said whether or not she will impeach the president, but as she even questioned some of the votes cast in the presidential election, it is likely she will oppose the trial or won’t vote for impeachment.
Cheney voted for the impeachment to “protect the Constitution.”
“All of us have an obligation to the Constitution and obligation to do what what we believe is right, what our oath compels us to do that that is above politics and above partisanship,” Cheney said on Fox News last week.