Peoria Republican Ray LaHood: No Chance Senate Will Convict Trump

WBBM Newsradio Staff
October 04, 2019 - 2:22 pm

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The former Peoria-area Congressman who presided over the Clinton impeachment two decades ago says Democrats should forget about going after President Trump.

Republican Ray LaHood said the process will take so long anyway that everyone should quiet down and let voters sort it out on Election Day 2020 — just 13 months away.

LaHood said impeachment would “turn the nation’s capital upside down." 

"They may get the votes to impeach," LaHood said. "The votes to convict will never be there, and the American people are going to be very conflicted about this.”

LaHood said if Democrats have a goal of throwing Trump out of office, they can forget it.

“That’s not going to happen," he said. "The Republican Senate is not going to vote to convict Trump.”

On a related topic, LaHood said gridlock and partisanship are far worse than when he served. The disciple of and successor to longtime House Minority Leader Bob Michel said relationships across party lines need to be formed if Congress is going to really solve immigration or pass an infrastructure bill or fix our fiscal mess.

"It can’t be done by one party," he said. "It has to be done by the members knowing one another, respecting one another, debating one another, and coming up with solutions.”

LaHood was U.S. Transportation Secretary in the Obama administration and currently consults. He is the father of current 18th District U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap).