WASHINGTON (AP) — A retiring Republican senator who’s being closely watched for his view on President Donald Trump’s potential impeachment has strengthened his stance against it.
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander says in a written statement that impeaching Trump would be a “mistake.” He says next year’s election is “the right way to decide who should be president.”
He says it was “inappropriate” for Trump to push another country to investigate a political opponent.
Last week, the 79-year-old Alexander cited the Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe and said he wanted “to know the facts before I comment.”
Committees in the Democratic-led House are also investigating Trump’s effort to push Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
Alexander is respected on both sides of the aisle. He’s a former governor, presidential candidate and Cabinet member.