Closely watched GOP senator calls impeachment 'mistake'

Associated Press
October 09, 2019 - 6:28 pm
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

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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.

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