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Former Democratic Leader Daschle Warns Against Trump Impeachment

  • Favors censure, saying even a delayed trial risks Biden agenda
  • Daschle previously led party in 50-50 Senate, as seen today
Tom Daschle
Tom DaschlePhotographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle warned his party against impeaching President Donald Trump for inciting the mob attack on the Capitol, arguing that even a delayed Senate trial risks impeding urgent action President-elect Joe Biden must take to bolster the economy and combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Daschle, who led Senate Democrats the last time the chamber was evenly divided, was joined by Trent Lott, who led Senate Republicans at the time, in urging Congress instead to formally censure the president. The two men were also their parties’ Senate leaders during President Bill Clinton’s 1999 impeachment trial.