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MO Sen. Roy Blunt on Trump impeachment: 'It's not going to happen'

Weighs in on calls for Sen. Hawley resignation
Roy Blunt
Posted at 11:51 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 12:51:32-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Following a riot led by President Donald Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol, calls for the impeachment and removal of Trump began.

41 Action News spoke with Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt about the events that unfolded this week and the possibility of a second impeachment.

"It's not going to happen," Blunt, a Republican, said about the possibility of another impeachment of Trump.

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, said the riot on Wednesday was grounds to remove Trump from office.

“We cannot trust Donald Trump to uphold his oath of office over these next 13 days. Our democracy, our security, our safety is at stake,” she said.

However, Blunt said there's simply no time left to do so.

"There is no way we're going to impeach the president. There's not the time to do it," he said. "When (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi and (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer were talking about it, it's obviously just another political point trying to be made. It's disappointing. It'd be much more disappointing if people can't through see that."

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley is another person in D.C. on the hot seat. A petition calling for Hawley to resign now has over 40,000 signatures online.

Many have criticized Hawley after he voted to object to certifying some state electors on Wednesday.

A picture circulated showing Hawley greeting protesters outside the Capitol with a raised fist as he arrived for the certification vote.

"I didn't happen to agree with what Senator Hawley and Senator (Ted) Cruz wanted to do," Blunt said. "I didn't think it would work. I didn't think there was new information to be presented. I announced that the day Josh announced he was going to be objecting to some of the electoral votes.

"Josh Hawley's a smart guy, he's personally a good guy to deal with," Blunt added. "I can't imagine he's not going to continue to make important contributions in the Senate."