Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, railing against a “partisan affair,” said Tuesday that acquittal of President Donald Trump is the “right thing to do” after House impeachment managers “failed to demonstrate” that the president committed high crimes and misdemeanors.
Cruz had already pledged to vote to acquit Trump of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, helping cement the near-certainty that the GOP-run Senate on Wednesday will clear Trump over his efforts to prod Ukraine to launch an investigation into one of his political rivals.
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But Cruz’s closing speech – an opportunity being given to every senator – still provided a significant marker in Texas’ political record, laying out the rationale for what will be the fourth set of impeachment votes ever cast by a Texas senator in modern American history.
“There are two things that House managers allege that [Trump] did wrong,” Cruz said. He cited delaying aid to Ukraine and obstructing justice. Cruz said what Trump is accused of doing has been done by other administrations with no ramifications or concerns.
Cruz also blasted former President Barrack Obama for his administration’s “aggressive” investigation of Trump during the 2016 election, calling it “abuse of power.”
“Impeachment is an extraordinary remedy,” Cruz said in his speech. “It’s not designed for when you disagree. It’s not designed for when you have political differences or policy differences. It’s designed for when the president crosses the constitutional threshold.”
Cruz accused House managers of abusing “the constitutional process by trying to use impeachment to settle a partisan score.”