Former GOP N.J. governor blasts fellow Republicans over impeachment vote

Posted Feb 02, 2020

Former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman this weekend assailed her fellow Republicans in the Senate for blocking a call for more witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Whitman, a moderate Republican who served as governor of the Garden State from 1994 until 2001, said on Twitter it was “mind boggling” that the Senate would vote, nearly along party lines, to disallow witnesses from testifying in the proceedings.

Trump was impeached by the House last month on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress as he tried to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, using military aid as leverage as the ally fought Russia. He is charged with then blocking the congressional probe of his actions.

Many Senate Republicans have said they do not view Trump’s actions as an impeachable offense and argued voters should decide his fate come November.

“What has happened to standards?” Whitman asked in a series of posts on Twitter Saturday afternoon. “What lessons are our children learning? What is happening to our country and its position in the world?"

It was not the first time Whitman has taken to social media to lambast Trump. Last year, she raised eyebrows with a later-deleted post comparing the president to Adolph Hitler.

Democrats in the Senate wanted testimony from Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, whose forthcoming book reportedly claims the president openly discussed his intention to use military aid to Ukraine as leverage to get dirt on the Biden family during a meeting with Bolton.

The president disputed that account, saying on Twitter the alleged meeting “never happened.”

Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah voted with the Democrats to call witnesses, arguing every other impeachment trial has included such testimony, but the effort failed 51-49.

In her Twitter posts, Whitman argued it was clear Trump was “trying to undermine a domestic election with the help of a foreign government.”

“How do we function as a democracy when we acknowledge that our President is allowed to break the law and yet look the other way?” she asked.

Another former Garden State governor disagreed.

Gov. Chris Christie, appearing on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning, said Trump’s likely acquittal in the Senate will be a non-issue with voters by Election Day.

Christie, a friend and advisor to the president, said there was nothing untoward about Trump’s behavior.

“This is who Donald Trump is," Christie said. "This is who people voted for. He acted this way during the campaign. I was on that (Republican primary debate) stage campaigning against him. This is the way he acts and what he says and what he does and who he is — and who the American people elected.”

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