Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Swalwell slams House Republican for touting funding in bill she voted down Johnson, Thune signal GOP's rising confidence MORE (R-Mo.) on Friday dismissed calls to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll We must do more to protect American Jews 6 in 10 say they would back someone other than Biden in 2024: Fox News poll MORE in the wake of riots inside the U.S. Capitol, signaling that the effort will ultimately fall short.
"No, I think it's a ridiculous discussion to have. I've got enough decisions to make about things that can happen rather than to spend time on things that can't happen," Blunt told a Missouri TV station when asked if he supported removing Trump and if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team McConnell says he made 'inadvertent omission' in voting remarks amid backlash These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (R-Ky.) would bring the Senate back before Jan. 19.
"The Speaker knows this is not going to happen. Sen. Schumer knows this isn't going to happen. You don't have the time for it to happen, even if there was a reason. So there's no reason to debate this except just pure politics," Blunt added, referring to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? Man who threatened to kill Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi pleads guilty to federal charges The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems look to repackage BBB into salvageable bill MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerForced deadline spurs drastic tactic in Congress Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Predictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure MORE (D-N.Y.).
Blunt added in a separate interview with KSHB, another Missouri TV station, that impeaching Trump was "not going to happen."
Though the House would need to pass articles of impeachment, the Senate would hold the trial and ultimately vote on whether to convict Trump and remove him from office.
Blunt is the highest-ranking Senate Republican to weigh in on calls from a growing number of Democrats for Trump to be impeached after a mob came to the Capitol as lawmakers were counting the Electoral College vote.
Trump has claimed for weeks that the election was "rigged," even as his legal team lost dozens of court challenges and election experts dismissed allegations of widespread voter fraud.
Though Trump has since pledged to have an orderly transfer of power, shortly before chaos broke out on Capitol Hill the president urged his supporters to walk to the Capitol, where Vice President Pence and others were counting President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenStudent debt: It's the interest stupid US maintains pressure on Russia amid concerns of potential Ukraine invasion To stabilize Central America, the US must craft better incentives for trade MORE's win.
Trump appeared at times to condone the chaotic scene even as law enforcement was trying to remove rioters from the Capitol, saying in a since-deleted tweet that “these are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away from great patriots.”
Blunt said that while he didn't think Trump would want rioters to break into the Capitol, "when you start inviting people to Washington to march on the Capitol you better know that there are potential consequences of that that you would never be for."
Democrats and several Republicans, including two members of the House, have said they are open to Trump being removed from office through the 25th Amendment. Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team Sinema scuttles hopes for filibuster reform Democrats outraged after Manchin opposes Biden spending bill MORE (R-Neb.) also said on Friday that he was open to considering articles of impeachment if they pass the House.
But other Senate Republicans are pushing back against removing Trump either through the 25th Amendment or impeachment. Republicans will control the Senate until Biden is sworn in, at which point Democrats will have a 50-50 majority because Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTo stabilize Central America, the US must craft better incentives for trade Majority in new poll say US headed in wrong direction Biden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' MORE could break a tie.
Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team Put partisan politics aside — The Child Tax Credit must be renewed immediately Trump remembers former 'Apprentice' contestant Meat Loaf: 'Great guy' MORE (Utah), the only GOP senator to support one of the articles of impeachment against Trump last year, told reporters on Wednesday night that he didn't think there was time for another effort.
"I think we have to hold our breath for the next 20 days," he said when asked about the 25th Amendment.
Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators introduce bill aimed at protecting Ukrainian civilians Kyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two MORE (R-S.C.) accused Democrats of throwing politics into the aftermath of the Capitol attacks, adding that impeachment "would not only be unsuccessful in the Senate but would be a dangerous precedent for the future of the presidency."
"Speaker Pelosi is hanging by a political thread, and Senator Schumer lives in fear of a primary from the radical left," he added in a tweet.
Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesHillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two Senate Judiciary Committee to debate key antitrust bill Overnight Defense & National Security — No punishments in botched Kabul drone strike MORE (R-Mont.), who dropped his plans to support challenges to the Electoral College after the attacks, said calls for impeachment are "unhelpful."
"We're 13 days away from inauguration. This is not the time to keep taking the temperature up. So let's stand together and govern for the next 13 days,” Daines told a Montana TV station.