GOP senator says impeachment trial will 'hopefully' serve as warning to Trump, future presidents

GOP senator says impeachment trial will 'hopefully' serve as warning to Trump, future presidents
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Sen. Mike BraunMichael BraunOvernight Health Care: Ernst endorses bipartisan bill to lower drug prices | US partnering with drugmakers on coronavirus vaccine | UN chief says virus poses 'enormous' risks Senators, bruised by impeachment, hunt for deals Plan to probe Bidens sparks GOP divisions MORE (R-Ind.) said Sunday he believes that impeachment will push President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE to change his future behavior even if he is acquitted in the Senate. 

"This ought to be instructive for anyone here, that if you’re pushing the envelope or doing things that may not feel right, let alone be right, you better be careful, because we're in that kind of atmosphere right now," Braun said on NBC's "Meet the Press." 

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Host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddTrailing Democrats tout strength with black voters ahead of South Carolina Clyburn says Democrats spent 'too much time on Bloomberg' in Nevada debate The Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen MORE questioned Braun's line of thinking, and said Trump would take an acquittal and "think, 'I can keep doing this.'"

"No, I don’t think that, hopefully it will be instructive," Braun said. 

"You think he has regret for what he did?" Todd asked. 

"I think he’ll be instructed by what has occurred here," Braun responded.

"And certainly any individual would want to avoid whatever might want to be modified to go through this again, because the threat is already been out there that we may find something else to impeach on, which I think is mistake because I think we need to get back to what most Americans are interested in which is the agenda," he added. 

Braun has said that Trump's actions were not appropriate but he does not think it rises to the level of impeachment.