Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), who voted on Friday to block additional key witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, claimed that Trump would now “think twice” before engaging in conduct that got him impeached.
Are you at all concerned, when you speak foreign interference, he does not believe he’s done anything wrong? That what happened here might encourage him to seek further interference?” NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Alexander.
“I don’t think so, I hope not,” Alexander responded. “Enduring an impeachment is something that nobody should like. Even the president said he didn’t want that on his resume, I don’t blame him.”
“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 in which Trump pressured Zelensky to launch a probe into the Biden family.
Sen. Alexander: “If a call like this gets you an impeachment, I would think he would think twice before he did it again.” pic.twitter.com/K8IWXRyY3b
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“What example, in the life of Donald Trump, has he been chastened?” asked Todd.
“I haven’t studied his life that close, but like most people who survive to make it to the presidency, he’s sure of himself. But hopefully he’ll look at this and say ‘Okay, that was a mistake, I shouldn’t have done that, I shouldn’t have done it that way,’” Alexander said, saying Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign should instead focus on the economy.
Alexander also that if Trump was concerned about possible corruption in Ukraine involving the Biden family, he should have discussed it with Attorney General William Barr.
“What president should have done is, if he was upset about what Joe Biden and his son, what they were doing in Ukraine, he should have called the attorney general and told him that” Alexander, who last week cast a decisive vote against allowing new witnesses at the president’s impeachment trial, told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”
Asked why Trump did not take that step, Alexander responded “maybe he didn’t know to.”