Idaho Senator Jim Risch opposes impeachment trial

Posted at 9:29 AM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 11:29:35-05

On Capitol Hill, opening arguments are set to begin in former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial. The opening arguments come a day after Senators watched a video of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Instead of dropping it like Trump's legal team pushed for, the Senate voted to move forward with the case. Both of Idaho's senators voted against a trial for the former president.

Senator Jim Risch weighed in on what he saw Tuesday in conversation on the Nate Shelman Show.

"I think the president's lawyer hit the ball out of the park," said Sen. Risch.

Risch says he believes the Constitution clearly states the impeachment process applies only to sitting presidents, expressing doubt that Mr. Trump could be linked to the violence at the Capitol.

"He said I need you to get out there and fight for me, well you know, what politician hasn't said that to his supporters?" said Sen. Risch. "You know, I need you to get out there and fight for me. Now it's a really slippery slope to say that you hold a political rally and you give fiery speeches and then somebody goes out and does something you didn't intend and then they hold you responsible for it. That's not right."

Risch also reiterated he doesn't believe the Senate has jurisdiction to try Mr. Trump because he is no longer president and is now a private citizen.

On Wednesday, House impeachment managers will begin their 16 hours of the allotted time for arguments, which will take place over two days. Proceedings in the impeachment trial will resume at 10 a.m. MST.