American University History Professor Allan Lichtman said if President Donald Trump is acquitted by the Senate, he likely will still have to pay “a political price for impeachment.”
Lichtman, author of “The Case for Impeachment,” made his comments during a Friday interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show. Co-host Mika Brzezinski noted that Lichtman had previously warned Democrats that if they wanted to win in 2020, they would have to impeach Trump
“Well, merely because the president is acquitted by the senate does not mean that he is not going to pay a political price for impeachment,” Lichtman said. “The great majority of Americans think that, indeed, he did something wrong.
“And all the evidence that has come out that the Republicans want to suppress since the impeachment vote is all incriminating and a lot more is going to come out in the future, particularly John Bolton’s book.
“It’s astonishing to me that (Sen.) Lamar Alexander should say: ‘Well, we think the president did do something wrong, but the voters should decide.’ And yet he wants to block the full information that would help the voters make a rational and informed decision.”
Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, said he will oppose calling more witnesses in the impeachment trial.
He said that “there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the U.S. Constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense."
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