After voting against calling witnesses in President Donald Trumps impeachment trial, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said he believes Trump will be dissuaded from the kind of alleged conduct that led to the impeachment inquiry.
“Enduring an impeachment is something that nobody should like. Even the president said he didnt want that on his resume, I dont blame him,” he told NBCs “Meet the Press” on Sunday. Alexander also said he is voting to acquit the president next week.
“If a call like this gets you an impeachment, I would think he would think twice before he did it again,” Alexander added, referencing a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky where Trump asked Zelensky to “look into” circumstances surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company that has been long accused of corruption.
Alexander, who is not seeking reelection in 2020, said that he hopes Trump can realize “he shouldnt have done it.”
“Hopefully hell look at this and say Okay, that was a mistake, I shouldnt have done that, I shouldnt have done it that way,” Alexander noted, adding Trumps reelection campaign should place focus on the burgeoning U.S. economy and other fulfilled campaign promises.
In the interview, Alexander said that Trump should have first spoken with Attorney General William Barr about his concerns about corruption in Ukraine and whether the Biden family was involved.
“What the president should have done was, if he was upset about Joe Biden and his son and what they were doing in Ukraine, he should have called the Attorney General and told him that,” Alexander remarked, adding that “maybe [Trump] didnt know to” take that step.
Trump was impeached in by House Democrats in a partisan vote on Dec. 18 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. No Republicans voted in favor of the articles. Democrats have said he abused the power his office for allegedly withholding military aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations, which both Trump and Zelensky have denied.