A group of seven GOP lawmakers sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday begging him to formally request that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stop her efforts to impeach President Donald Trump over the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
In the letter, sent by Congressman Ken Buck of Colorado, the Republicans said that “America is intensely divided at this moment, and people across the nation are frustrated and angered,” and called on Biden to “hasten the process” of healing the divisions.
Representatives Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Tom McClintock of California, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, Chip Roy of Texas, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, and Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin were also signatories of the document.
“In the spirit of healing and fidelity to our Constitution,” they wrote, “we ask that you formally request that Speaker Nancy Pelosi discontinue her efforts to impeach President Donald J. Trump a second time.”
The group said “a second impeachment, only days before President Trump will leave office, is as unnecessary as it is inflammatory.”
“This impeachment would undermine your priority of unifying Americans, and would be a further distraction to our nation at a time when millions of our fellow citizens are hurting because of the pandemic and the economic fallout,” they explained.
Newsweek reached out to Biden’s transition team for comment.
On January 4, the undersigned Republicans had opposed the Senator Ted Cruz-led GOP effort to oppose Congress certifying Biden’s election win, two days before a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. “We did so because we believe the Constitution is clear that the role of Congress is simply to count the electoral votes,” they said.
Pelosi gave Trump an ultimatum on Friday in the aftermath of the Capitol riot that left five dead: resign or we will begin impeachment proceedings. Democrats, some Republicans and a slew of the president’s critics have accused him of inciting violence by urging supporters to march to the Capitol on Wednesday as lawmakers convened to certify the election results.
On Saturday, Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said that Trump “committed impeachable offenses,” but expressed concern that the Democrat-controlled House could “completely politicize” proceedings to remove the president from office.
His remarks came one day after Lisa Murkowski of Alaska became the first Republican senator to call for Trump’s resignation. “I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” she told the Anchorage Daily News.
Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a memo on Friday explaining that the upper chamber won’t start Trump’s impeachment trial until Biden is president unless all 100 senators agree to a hearing. The Senate is in a pro-forma session and it’s extremely unlikely that every GOP senator will consent to interrupting it.