Jeff Flake tells fellow Republicans to ditch Trump and 'save their souls' as his actions 'warrant impeachment'
The former Arizona senator had earlier claimed that "at least 35" Republican senators would vote to impeach President Trump if the ballot was private
Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, in an op-ed, has said that President Donald Trump's actions "warrant impeachment" and the Republicans backing him should leave him and try to "save" their souls. The ex-Republican lawmaker made the statement in the op-ed published in The Washington Post on Monday titled "Fellow Republicans, there's still time to save your souls."
"Trust me when I say that you can go elsewhere for a job. But you cannot go elsewhere for a soul," Flake wrote while referring to his former colleagues. He also asked Senate Republicans to refuse to support Trump for a second term, claiming: "With what we now know, the president’s actions warrant impeachment."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, last week, initiated an impeachment inquiry against President Trump after a whistleblower launched a formal complaint, alleging that the president had sought "favor" from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a bid to investigate his political rival, 2020 Democratic frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden. The allegation was late confirmed when the White House released a transcript of the controversial telephone conversation between Trump and the Ukrainian leader.
"My fellow Republicans, it is time to risk your careers in favor of your principles. Whether you believe the president deserves impeachment, you know he does not deserve reelection," Flake wrote in the op-ed. "Our country will have more presidents. But principles, well, we get just one crack at those. For those who want to put America first, it is critically important at this moment in the life of our country that we all, here and now, do just that."
Flake, in 2017, announced that he would not seek re-election in the Senate and formally resigned from his position two years later. The former GOP senator, while announcing his retirement, said that he felt it was a "matter of duty and conscience" to criticize Trump for his actions.
The former senator, last week,had also claimed that "at least 35" Republican senators would vote to impeach President Donald Trump if the ballot was private. Flake, who has been outspoken in his criticism of Trump in the past, made the statement while speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. "I heard someone say if there were a private vote there would be 30 Republican votes. That's not true. There would be at least 35," Flake said, according to Fox News.