February 13, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after voting to acquit former President Trump:
“My plain reading of Article II, Section IV of the Constitution led me to believe that the Founders did not intend for us to impeach and try former presidents, which is why today I voted to acquit former President Trump. Just as we cannot impeach and convict former Presidents Carter, Bush, Clinton or Obama today for anything they did during their presidency, we cannot, based on my reading of the Constitution, convict former President Trump.
“However, what was undisputable on January 6 and was reiterated over the last few days, was the criminal, horrific violence that took place that day. It was tragic for our nation and for our democracy—and I will always be grateful to all law enforcement, especially Capitol Police, who placed their lives on the line to protect us.”