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Sen. Sasse says he will consider convicting Trump if House votes to impeach
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Sen. Sasse says he will consider convicting Trump if House votes to impeach

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Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska joined "CBS This Morning" to discuss the attack on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump demonstrators, and whether he supports removing the president from office.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said Friday morning that he will consider whatever articles of impeachment the U.S. House of Representatives might move against President Donald Trump.

Sasse said on "CBS This Morning" that Trump incited Wednesday's riots at the Capitol, which resulted in the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Police officer.

"He was flagrantly disregarding his oath of office," Sasse said. "Donald Trump has acted shamefully. He has been in flagrant dereliction of his duty, and he will be remembered for having incited this and for having drawn more division into an already divided people. That is who Donald Trump is; that is what his legacy is going to be."

Sasse also stressed the importance of looking into the lack of preparedness by Capitol Police and why the National Guard wasn't activated sooner, and he is involved in the investigation.

Trump was impeached in early 2020 by the House of Representatives, which charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

He was acquitted in the Senate in February, and Sasse voted not guilty on both charges.

He said at the time that senators needed to consider what would be in the best interest of "the long-term civic health of the country."

"Will America be more stable in 2020 if the Senate — nine months from Election Day 2020 — removes the president?" he asked.

That, he suggested, would be "setting the nation on fire" and leaving America more divided.

Cabinet members Betsy DeVos and Elaine Chao resigned after the assault on the capitol took place, but Sasse advises that other members of the Cabinet keep their position, though he understands their frustration.

"When you take an oath of office as a Cabinet official, you're taking the oath not to a man," he said in an interview with talk radio host Hugh Hewitt. "The crap we saw at the Capitol where a United States flag at one point came down and a Trump flag went up instead, that's not what people are taking an oath to."

Sasse gave interviews to several media outlets Friday, saying that repairing the damage caused by Trump in dividing the nation is a greater focus than whether the president will be removed from office before his term is out.

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Alex Lantz is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has had various roles at the Journal Star since 2012. He currently manages the news section on weekends and oversees the internship program.

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