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Just days after he was censured by his own political party, former Arizona Republican senator Jeff Flake defended the recent impeachment of Donald Trump for inciting the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.
Trump, this month, was impeached for a second time — the first time that’s happened to a president in US history — for the role he played in the violent siege of the US Capitol which left several dead, including a Capitol Police officer.
Meanwhile, the Republican Party in Arizona voted to censure several individuals who were identified as not sufficiently loyal to Trump, including Flake — a regular critic — and Sen John McCain’s widow, Cindy.
Trump’s impeachment trial got underway Tuesday, after Democrats — and a small group of Republicans — voted down a measure which would have found the trial unconstitutional because it was starting after Trump’s left office.
Flake, who retired from the Senate in 2018, defended Trump’s impeachment in strong terms, however.
“If inciting insurrection isn’t impeachable, I don’t know what is,” he said. “And what led up to that, where he used virtually every lever he had, including calling the Georgia secretary of state to try to have him fined 11,000 votes —
“– or then try to fire — conspiring to fire the attorney general to put in a lackey who would overturn the election, if that’s not impeachable I don’t know what is,” he added.
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