Staff for Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee won’t say if he is one of six Republicans in the U.S. Senate who allegedly have plans to vote to remove President Donald Trump from office if the opportunity arises.
Members of Alexander’s communications team did not return The Tennessee Star’s request for comment on the matter Monday.
As reported in PJMedia.com, U.S. Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld said he knows most of the senior Republicans in the U.S. Senate, and he also said “they’re four to six votes for removal right now.”
A Google search for past news articles reveals Alexander is among four of 53 current U.S. Republican senators who are friends with or who have allied themselves politically with Weld.
But The Star could only find one news article in which Weld publicly identifies one of the current U.S. Republican senators as a friend, and Lamar Alexander is that person — going back more than 30 years.
According to Boston.com, U.S. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said in 2016 that Weld would make a great president. CNN.com, meanwhile, reported that U.S. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said something similar about Weld earlier this year.
In 2016, The Washington Times reported that Weld supported U.S. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s re-election bid in Alaska. Weld even traveled to that state that year to endorse Murkowski’s candidacy.
As The Star reported last week, Alexander said he will not take a position on Trump’s likely impeachment if the matter heads to the U.S. Senate for trial.
“If the House impeaches the president, the Senate would in effect be the jury. There would be many twists and turns between now and a Senate trial,” Alexander, a senior senator, said in an emailed statement Friday.
“Therefore, as a potential juror, I will have nothing more to say about impeachment until all the evidence is presented and all the arguments are made.”
As reported, U.S. Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn, who also represents Tennessee, has made her thoughts known on the impeachment matter.
What Alexander thinks, however, is of particular interest to at least one organization.
As The Star reported in October, Alexander wouldn’t say whether he would go along with investigating Trump’s alleged attempts to get a foreign country to discredit former Democratic vice president Joe Biden’s son.
Members of a 501c4 group known as Defending Democracy Together — who say they are “lifelong conservatives and Republicans” — called on Alexander to act in a video.
The ad then touts the website RuleofLawRepublicans.com
According to the website, Republicans for the Rule of Law “is a coalition of Republicans who believe law enforcement investigations should be completed without political interference, the laws apply equally to everyone, and the Constitution needs to be followed.”
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