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“I’m not a fan of the way in many cases the president goes about this and I would prefer he would not raise an issue like that with a foreign leader.”

Thune

“Nothing in the transcript supports Democrats’ accusation that there was a quid pro quo.”

Cassidy

“I’m not a fan of the way in many cases the president goes about this and I would prefer he would not raise an issue like that with a foreign leader.”

Thune

“Nothing in the transcript supports Democrats’ accusation that there was a quid pro quo.”

Cassidy

“I’m not a fan of the way in many cases the president goes about this and I would prefer he would not raise an issue like that with a foreign leader.”

Thune

“Nothing in the transcript supports Democrats’ accusation that there was a quid pro quo.”

Cassidy

The revealing splits in GOP senators’ reactions to impeachment

If the House impeaches President Trump, it's up to the Senate whether to remove him from office. They will hold a trial, and it would take 20 Republican senators along with all Democrats to reach the constitutionally mandated two-thirds majority, or 67 votes, to remove him. That is a long shot, given Republicans in Congress have largely defended Trump in the face of allegations that he pressured Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 opponent, former vice president Joe Biden.

0

Support the impeachment inquiry

15

Have expressed concerns or said they have questions

38

Support Trump unequivocally

Still, some Republican senators want to know more about the whistleblower complaint that started all this. Others have rebuked Trump for soliciting political help from foreign leaders, or withheld support for the impeachment inquiry pending more facts. We’ve collected reactions from all 53 Republican senators. We took a close look at how the senators responded to four impeachment-related topics and found some telling divergence:

[From all-in Trumpers to the lone critic: The four GOP factions on Trump and Ukraine]

On the House’s impeachment inquiry

Is the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry driven by politics or the facts? A handful of senators say they’re withholding judgment on the whistleblower complaint at the center of this. Others echo Trump’s talking point that the investigation is a partisan stunt.

Need more facts

Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)

Retiring

“The Senate Intelligence Committee is determining the facts in the Ukraine whistleblower matter, and I want to know the facts before I comment.”

Sept. 24 statement »

Mike Crapo (Idaho)

Up for reelection in 2022

“As to the question of impeachment, our entire legal system is dependent on our ability to find the truth. I will wait for further information regarding the facts of this matter and refrain from speculating on any outcomes of this discussion and process.”

Sept. 24 statement »

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Up for reelection in 2022

“Until the point the Senate has a role in this, Senator Murkowski will wait to see the process play out in the House. Separately, she’s doing all she can to make sure she’s informed on the current allegations and will review the full transcript from the phone call in question when it’s released.”

Sept. 24 statement by her spokesperson »

This is partisan

Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)

Up for reelection in 2024

“From their perspective, yesterday’s announcement was the culmination of a three year witch hunt born of a grudge they’ve been holding against the President since their chosen candidate failed to win the 2016 election.”

Sept. 25 statement on the Senate floor »

Ted Cruz (Tex.)

Up for reelection in 2024

“What we have seen from the Democrats is a consistent and relentless push to impeach regardless of the facts. It’s time for the Democrats to move on; 2016 is over. Hillary Clinton lost. Get over it.”

Sept. 30 interview »

Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.)

Up for reelection in 2020

“This is how they operate. Verdict first, trial later. Break the rules. Ignore due process. And fairness be damned.”

Oct. 4 tweet »

On Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s president

Trump received the most pointed criticism from his own party over the July phone call in which he asked Ukraine’s newly elected president to investigate some unsubstantiated theories about Democratic-led foreign interference in the 2016 election and Joe Biden’s son’s business ties to Ukraine. This call is at the heart of what the whistleblower flagged as problematic in that complaint, but Trump and his allies have claimed that he did nothing wrong, or at least there was no explicit quid pro quo. Some Republicans are still willing to say it was inappropriate.

[The full, rough transcript of Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president, annotated]

It was inappropriate

Robert Portman (Ohio)

Up for reelection in 2022

“The president should not have raised the Biden issue on that call, period. It’s not appropriate for a president to engage a foreign government in an investigation of a political opponent.”

Oct. 7 told reporters »

Mitt Romney (Utah)

Up for reelection in 2024

“It remains troubling in the extreme. It’s deeply troubling.”

Sept. 25 interview »

John Thune (S.D.)

Up for reelection in 2022

“I’m not a fan of the way in many cases the president goes about this, and I would prefer he would not raise an issue like that with a foreign leader.”

Sept. 25 interview »

It wasn’t that bad

Bill Cassidy (La.)

Up for reelection in 2020

“Nothing in the transcript supports Democrats’ accusation that there was a quid pro quo.”

Sept. 25 statement »

Mike Rounds (S.D.)

Up for reelection in 2020

“I don’t think it’s the smoking gun that Democrats wanted in the House.”

Sept. 25 interview »

Thom Tillis (N.C.)

Up for reelection in 2020

“Nancy Pelosi should be embarrassed. The transcript debunks the Democrats’ false claims against President @realDonaldTrump and demonstrates that their call to impeach him is a total farce.”

Sept. 25 tweet »

On the whistleblower’s credibility

We don’t know who the whistleblower is, but we know this person collected information from high-level White House and intelligence sources to raise a complaint against Trump. As Trump has tried to attack this person, a couple of Republican senators have said the whistleblower acted lawfully. But more joined Trump in questioning this person’s legitimacy.

Deserves protection

Joni Ernst (Iowa)

Up for reelection in 2020

“Whistleblowers should be protected.”

Oct. 3 town hall »

Charles E. Grassley (Iowa)

Up for reelection in 2022

“This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected. We should always work to respect whistleblowers’ requests for confidentiality.”

Oct. 1 statement »

Isn’t a real whistleblower

John Cornyn (Tex.)

Up for reelection in 2020

“How can you be a whistleblower if you are merely relying what other, unnamed people are telling you, i.e., no personal knowledge?”

Sept. 27 tweet »

David Perdue (Ga.)

Up for reelection in 2020

“First of all, he’s not a whistleblower. He wasn’t in the room, he wasn’t on the phone call.”

Sept. 26 told reporters »

Tim Scott (S.C.)

Up for reelection in 2022

“He’s not really a whistleblower, so it’s really more hearsay.”

Sept. 27 told reporters »

On Trump asking China to investigate Biden

No need for an anonymous whistleblower here: While talking to reporters on Oct. 3, Trump suggested another foreign country help investigate his potential 2020 rival: “By the way, likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,” he said. For some senators, that crossed a line. Others didn’t defend what Trump said but argued that Trump was probably joking.

[What you need to know about the impeachment inquiry into Trump]

An inappropriate request

Susan Collins (Maine)

Up for reelection in 2020

“I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent. It’s completely inappropriate.”

Oct. 5 told reporters »

Mitt Romney (Utah)

Up for reelection in 2024

“When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated.”

Oct. 4 tweet »

Ben Sasse (Neb.)

Up for reelection in 2020

“Hold up: Americans don’t look to Chinese commies for the truth. If the Biden kid broke laws by selling his name to Beijing, that’s a matter for American courts, not communist tyrants running torture camps.”

Oct. 5 statement »

A joke

Roy Blunt (Mo.)

Up for reelection in 2022

“I doubt if the China comment was serious to tell you the truth.”

Oct. 6 interview »

Marco Rubio (Fla.)

Up for reelection in 2022

“I don’t know if that’s a real request or him just needling the press knowing that you guys are going to get outraged by it.”

Oct. 4 told reporters »

Where Republican senators stand

2020Up for reelection in 2020
RetiringRetiring after this term

Support impeachment inquiry 0

Have expressed concerns or said they have questions 15

Support Trump unequivocally 38

Senators who have expressed support for the House’s impeachment inquiry

Senators who have called for more information or have said or suggested that Trump’s actions were inappropriate

Senators who have expressed no issues with Trump’s behavior or who disagree with the impeachment inquiry

Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)Retiring

"The Senate Intelligence Committee is determining the facts in the Ukraine whistleblower matter, and I want to know the facts before I comment," Alexander said in a statement on Sept. 24. Read more »

Roy Blunt (Mo.)

“... putting the facts together on the most recent House allegation is important — and then reaching conclusions" Read more »

Richard Burr (N.C.)

"I’m only focused on gathering the facts," Burr told The Washington Post on Sept. 25. Read more »

Susan Collins (Maine)2020

"I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent. It’s completely inappropriate," Collins said on Oct. 5. Read more »

Mike Crapo (Idaho)

"As to the question of impeachment, our entire legal system is dependent on our ability to find the truth. I will wait for further information regarding the facts of this matter and refrain from speculating on any outcomes of this discussion and process," Crapo said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Joni Ernst (Iowa)2020

"Whistleblowers should be protected," Ernst said on Oct. 3. Read more »

Cory Gardner (Colo.)2020

"I joined my Senate colleagues in unanimously supporting the release of the whistleblower report, and I support the Senate Intelligence Committee’s on-going bipartisan review to gather all of the facts. Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry to appease the far-left isn’t something the majority of Americans support and will sharply divide the country," Gardner said in a statement on Sept. 24. Read more »

Charles E. Grassley (Iowa)

"This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected. We should always work to respect whistleblowers’ requests for confidentiality," Grassley said in a statement on Oct. 1. Read more »

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

"In terms of the formal impeachment inquiry —that lies in the House of Representatives. Right now the Senate doesn’t have a part in this until the House reviews and they act. Until the point the Senate has a role in this, Senator Murkowski will wait to see the process play out in the House. Separately, she’s doing all she can to make sure she’s informed on the current allegations and will review the full transcript from the phone call in question when it’s released," a spokesperson for Murkowski said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Rob Portman (Ohio)

"He should not have brought up the Joe Biden issue, but again, there was no quid pro quo and I think the Democrats’ rush to impeachment is totally unwarranted," Portman said on Sept. 26. Read more »

Mitt Romney (Utah)

"It remains troubling in the extreme. It’s deeply troubling,” Romney said on Sept. 25. Read more »

Marco Rubio (Fla.)

"I don't think he should have done it," Rubio said on Sept. 24 as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced her support for an impeachment inquiry Read more »

Ben Sasse (Neb.)2020

"I’m glad the President agreed with the requests a number of us have been making that the administration release this unredacted transcript. The President should also provide all additional relevant materials to the Committee. At a time when foreign powers work every day to exploit our divisions, it’s important for public trust that Americans know what did and did not happen here. We need shared facts. As the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence fulfills its oversight responsibilities, this first release is the right choice for the country," Sasse said on Sept. 24. Read more »

John Thune (S.D.)

"I’m not a fan of the way in many cases the president goes about this and I would prefer he would not raise an issue like that with a foreign leader," Thune said on Sept. 25. Read more »

Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.)

Toomey on Oct. 3 called Trump's call "inappropriate" but said he believes no evidence he’s seen so far “rises to the level of removing President Trump from office and reversing the results of an election." Read more »

John Barrasso (Wyo.)

"Democrats have been working to undermine President Donald Trump since day one," Barrasso said in a statement on Sept. 24. Read more »

Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)

"From their perspective, yesterday’s announcement was the culmination of a three year witch hunt born of a grudge they’ve been holding against the President since their chosen candidate failed to win the 2016 election," Blackburn said on Sept. 25. Read more »

John Boozman (Ark.)

"Democrats have long sought to weaken the president, appease their base and further divide the country through impeachment," Boozman said in a statement on Sept. 24. Read more »

Mike Braun (Ind.)

"I’m not going to waste a lot of time and energy on the hypotheticals and particulars,” Braun told Breitbart News on Sept. 26. Read more »

Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.)2020

"Moving forward with an impeachment inquiry before that transcript is even public proves that House Democrats are more interested in partisan politics than in following the facts,” Capito said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Bill Cassidy (La.)2020

"Democrats started an impeachment process before they knew the facts. Nothing in the transcript supports Democrats’ accusation that there was a quid pro quo," Cassidy said in a statement on Sept. 25. Read more »

John Cornyn (Tex.)2020

"We have the transcript of the call which doesn’t live up to the complaintant’s fevered accusations," Cornyn tweeted on Sept. 29. Read more »

Tom Cotton (Ark.)2020

"Despite an unprecedented act of transparency by the president in releasing the transcript of his call with a foreign leader, the Democrats nevertheless plunged headlong into their nonstop obsession with impeachment," Cotton said in a statement on Sept. 24. Read more »

Kevin Cramer (N.D.)

"To try and fast track an impeachment proceeding before Christmas is a great distraction and will tear the country apart. It is blatantly a partisan impeachment process," Cramer said on Oct. 2. Read more »

Ted Cruz (Tex.)

"It's time for the Democrats to move on; 2016 is over. Hillary Clinton lost. Get over it," Cruz said on Oct. 1. Read more »

Steve Daines (Mont.)2020

"Democrats sound like a broken record with their two plus years of impeachment threats," a spokesperson for Daines said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Mike Enzi (Wyo.)Retiring

A spokesperson for Enzi said on Sept. 24 that "if there’s ever another impeachment, he will do what he did before — he will be a jurist, listen to the evidence, and once all the evidence is in, he will make a final decision." Read more »

Deb Fischer (Neb.)

"I read the full unredacted transcript of President Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president and, contrary what we were led to believe, there was no ‘smoking gun.’ The conversation was as the president portrayed it," Fischer said in a statement on Sept. 26. Read more »

Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.)2020

"From my point of view, to impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane,” Graham said on Sept. 25. Read more »

Josh Hawley (Mo.)

"Democrats didn’t like the result of the 2016 election so they have chosen to tear apart our democracy to advance their liberal goals," Hawley wrote in a fundraising email to supporters on Sept. 24. Read more »

John Hoeven (N.D.)

"I believe that there’s not grounds there for impeachment and we should focus on getting the work done that serves the American people," Hoeven said on Oct. 1. Read more »

Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.)2020

"This is how they operate. Verdict first, trial later. Break the rules. Ignore due process. And fairness be damned," Hyde-Smith tweeted on Oct. 4. Read more »

James M. Inhofe (Okla.)2020

"Democrats have been conducting an impeachment investigation for months, and they’ve been investigating President Trump since he took office. Today’s announcement by Speaker Pelosi, while an escalation of Democrat smear tactics, is nothing new. It just proves, yet again, that they are desperate and singularly focused on discrediting and delegitimizing President Trump, no matter what, in spite of his successes with the economy, military and judges," Inhofe said in a statement on Sept. 24. Read more »

Johnny Isakson (Ga.)RetiringDec2019

"That’s their decision. I don’t support what they’re doing, but that’s their decision to make," Isakson said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Ron Johnson (Wis.)

"I look at that transcript and I go, it's Trump being Trump," Johnson said on Oct. 3. Read more »

John Neely Kennedy (La.)

"I think some of my Democratic friends are acting in good faith -- I don't have enough facts to agree with them," Kennedy said on Sept. 24. Read more »

James Lankford (Okla.)

"I think they’ve been looking for a way to impeach the president for years. I think they’re upset with him politically," Lankford said on Oct. 4. Read more »

Mike Lee (Utah)

"There are those who don’t like this president who have been trying to have him impeached and removed since the day he took office,” Lee said on Sept. 25. Read more »

Mitch McConnell (Ky.)2020

McConnell on Sept. 30 said the Senate would be "required" to take up impeachment if the House passed an article of impeachment. Read more »

Martha McSally (Ariz.)2020

“When we’re talking about impeaching the president of the United States, it has got to be a process that is something that the American people trust,” McSally said at a stop in Peoria. She charged the House leadership with acting out of political motives, while “the Senate Intelligence Committee has been authorized by every senator to actually look into this topic.” Read more »

Jerry Moran (Kan.)

"Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced impeachment proceedings for President Trump. Speaker Pelosi’s actions are a rush to judgement and were made before most of the facts were known. Absent concrete evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors, Congress should not use impeachment proceedings to overturn the results of an election," Moran said in a statement on Oct. 2. Read more »

Rand Paul (Ky.)

"Ever since Donald Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 presidential election, Democrats have been on a mission to reverse those results, even though it’s meant dragging the country through one desperate witch hunt after another." Read more »

David Perdue (Ga.)2020

"They’ve weaponized politics here. They have obstructed this president since day one. They just can’t get over that he won the election, and so I just see this as premature," Perdue said on Sept. 24. Read more »

James E. Risch (Idaho)2020

"The House is free to conduct their inquiry, and when they are done, the Senate will take up their Constitutional duty to do the same. From what I know to this point, the Democratic members in the House haven’t shown us anything that meets the standard and are prioritizing politics over facts," Risch said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Pat Roberts (Kan.)Retiring

Roberts called the impeachment inquiry "political theater" on Oct. 2. Read more »

Mike Rounds (S.D.)2020

"I don’t think it’s the smoking gun that Democrats wanted in the House,” Rounds said on Sept. 25. Read more »

Rick Scott (Fla.)

"Liberal Democrats in DC FINALLY announced their goal: impeaching Donald Trump. They’re on a mission to take down the president,” Scott wrote in a fundraising note on Facebook on Sept. 25. Read more »

Tim Scott (S.C.)

"He’s not really a whistleblower, so it’s really more hearsay,” Scott said on Sept. 27. Read more »

Richard C. Shelby (Ala.)

"I was here before when the House impeached [President Bill] Clinton, and . . . it becomes the order of the day,” Shelby said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Dan Sullivan (Alaska)2020

"The American people elected us to get things done, not to focus on even more partisan investigations of the president. Unfortunately, this rush to begin impeachment proceedings by Speaker Pelosi—even before the most basic information has been released—is consistent with a pattern by the national Democrats and national media since President Trump was first elected," Sullivan said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Thom Tillis (N.C.)2020

"Nancy Pelosi should be embarrassed. The transcript debunks the Democrats’ false claims against President @realDonaldTrump and demonstrates that their call to impeach him is a total farce," Tillis tweeted on Sept. 25. Read more »

Roger Wicker (Miss.)

"The political left has made a bad habit of drawing conclusions about President Trump without knowing all of the facts. It appears they have done so again. The transcript of the President’s phone call provides no evidence of wrongdoing," Wicker said on Sept. 25. Read more »

Todd C. Young (Ind.)

"One thing is clear, the far-left has been desperate to get rid of President Trump since day one. That much has not changed. I take all of my responsibilities very seriously and will continue to evaluate the facts as we get them, but my primary focus will remain on the work Hoosiers elected me to do, including passing USMCA, reining in health care costs, taking care of veterans, keeping Americans safe and secure, and continuing to grow our economy," Young said in a statement to The Washington Post on Oct. 7.

Support impeachment inquiry 0

Have expressed concerns or said they have questions 15

Support Trump unequivocally 38

Scroll to see a full list of names

Support impeachment inquiry 0

Senators who have expressed support for the House’s impeachment inquiry

Have expressed concerns or said they have questions 15

Senators who have called for more information or have said or suggested that Trump’s actions were inappropriate

Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)Retiring

"The Senate Intelligence Committee is determining the facts in the Ukraine whistleblower matter, and I want to know the facts before I comment," Alexander said in a statement on Sept. 24. Read more »

Roy Blunt (Mo.)

“... putting the facts together on the most recent House allegation is important — and then reaching conclusions" Read more »

Richard Burr (N.C.)

"I’m only focused on gathering the facts," Burr told The Washington Post on Sept. 25. Read more »

Susan Collins (Maine)2020

"I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent. It’s completely inappropriate," Collins said on Oct. 5. Read more »

Mike Crapo (Idaho)

"As to the question of impeachment, our entire legal system is dependent on our ability to find the truth. I will wait for further information regarding the facts of this matter and refrain from speculating on any outcomes of this discussion and process," Crapo said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Joni Ernst (Iowa)2020

"Whistleblowers should be protected," Ernst said on Oct. 3. Read more »

Cory Gardner (Colo.)2020

"I joined my Senate colleagues in unanimously supporting the release of the whistleblower report, and I support the Senate Intelligence Committee’s on-going bipartisan review to gather all of the facts. Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry to appease the far-left isn’t something the majority of Americans support and will sharply divide the country," Gardner said in a statement on Sept. 24. Read more »

Charles E. Grassley (Iowa)

"This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected. We should always work to respect whistleblowers’ requests for confidentiality," Grassley said in a statement on Oct. 1. Read more »

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

"In terms of the formal impeachment inquiry —that lies in the House of Representatives. Right now the Senate doesn’t have a part in this until the House reviews and they act. Until the point the Senate has a role in this, Senator Murkowski will wait to see the process play out in the House. Separately, she’s doing all she can to make sure she’s informed on the current allegations and will review the full transcript from the phone call in question when it’s released," a spokesperson for Murkowski said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Rob Portman (Ohio)

"He should not have brought up the Joe Biden issue, but again, there was no quid pro quo and I think the Democrats’ rush to impeachment is totally unwarranted," Portman said on Sept. 26. Read more »

Mitt Romney (Utah)

"It remains troubling in the extreme. It’s deeply troubling,” Romney said on Sept. 25. Read more »

Marco Rubio (Fla.)

"I don't think he should have done it," Rubio said on Sept. 24 as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced her support for an impeachment inquiry Read more »

Ben Sasse (Neb.)2020

"I’m glad the President agreed with the requests a number of us have been making that the administration release this unredacted transcript. The President should also provide all additional relevant materials to the Committee. At a time when foreign powers work every day to exploit our divisions, it’s important for public trust that Americans know what did and did not happen here. We need shared facts. As the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence fulfills its oversight responsibilities, this first release is the right choice for the country," Sasse said on Sept. 24. Read more »

John Thune (S.D.)

"I’m not a fan of the way in many cases the president goes about this and I would prefer he would not raise an issue like that with a foreign leader," Thune said on Sept. 25. Read more »

Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.)

Toomey on Oct. 3 called Trump's call "inappropriate" but said he believes no evidence he’s seen so far “rises to the level of removing President Trump from office and reversing the results of an election." Read more »

Support Trump unequivocally 38

Senators who have expressed no issues with Trump’s behavior or who disagree with the impeachment inquiry

John Barrasso (Wyo.)

"Democrats have been working to undermine President Donald Trump since day one," Barrasso said in a statement on Sept. 24. Read more »

Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)

"From their perspective, yesterday’s announcement was the culmination of a three year witch hunt born of a grudge they’ve been holding against the President since their chosen candidate failed to win the 2016 election," Blackburn said on Sept. 25. Read more »

John Boozman (Ark.)

"Democrats have long sought to weaken the president, appease their base and further divide the country through impeachment," Boozman said in a statement on Sept. 24. Read more »

Mike Braun (Ind.)

"I’m not going to waste a lot of time and energy on the hypotheticals and particulars,” Braun told Breitbart News on Sept. 26. Read more »

Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.)2020

"Moving forward with an impeachment inquiry before that transcript is even public proves that House Democrats are more interested in partisan politics than in following the facts,” Capito said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Bill Cassidy (La.)2020

"Democrats started an impeachment process before they knew the facts. Nothing in the transcript supports Democrats’ accusation that there was a quid pro quo," Cassidy said in a statement on Sept. 25. Read more »

John Cornyn (Tex.)2020

"We have the transcript of the call which doesn’t live up to the complaintant’s fevered accusations," Cornyn tweeted on Sept. 29. Read more »

Tom Cotton (Ark.)2020

"Despite an unprecedented act of transparency by the president in releasing the transcript of his call with a foreign leader, the Democrats nevertheless plunged headlong into their nonstop obsession with impeachment," Cotton said in a statement on Sept. 24. Read more »

Kevin Cramer (N.D.)

"To try and fast track an impeachment proceeding before Christmas is a great distraction and will tear the country apart. It is blatantly a partisan impeachment process," Cramer said on Oct. 2. Read more »

Ted Cruz (Tex.)

"It's time for the Democrats to move on; 2016 is over. Hillary Clinton lost. Get over it," Cruz said on Oct. 1. Read more »

Steve Daines (Mont.)2020

"Democrats sound like a broken record with their two plus years of impeachment threats," a spokesperson for Daines said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Mike Enzi (Wyo.)Retiring

A spokesperson for Enzi said on Sept. 24 that "if there’s ever another impeachment, he will do what he did before — he will be a jurist, listen to the evidence, and once all the evidence is in, he will make a final decision." Read more »

Deb Fischer (Neb.)

"I read the full unredacted transcript of President Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president and, contrary what we were led to believe, there was no ‘smoking gun.’ The conversation was as the president portrayed it," Fischer said in a statement on Sept. 26. Read more »

Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.)2020

"From my point of view, to impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane,” Graham said on Sept. 25. Read more »

Josh Hawley (Mo.)

"Democrats didn’t like the result of the 2016 election so they have chosen to tear apart our democracy to advance their liberal goals," Hawley wrote in a fundraising email to supporters on Sept. 24. Read more »

John Hoeven (N.D.)

"I believe that there’s not grounds there for impeachment and we should focus on getting the work done that serves the American people," Hoeven said on Oct. 1. Read more »

Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.)2020

"This is how they operate. Verdict first, trial later. Break the rules. Ignore due process. And fairness be damned," Hyde-Smith tweeted on Oct. 4. Read more »

James M. Inhofe (Okla.)2020

"Democrats have been conducting an impeachment investigation for months, and they’ve been investigating President Trump since he took office. Today’s announcement by Speaker Pelosi, while an escalation of Democrat smear tactics, is nothing new. It just proves, yet again, that they are desperate and singularly focused on discrediting and delegitimizing President Trump, no matter what, in spite of his successes with the economy, military and judges," Inhofe said in a statement on Sept. 24. Read more »

Johnny Isakson (Ga.)RetiringDec2019

"That’s their decision. I don’t support what they’re doing, but that’s their decision to make," Isakson said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Ron Johnson (Wis.)

"I look at that transcript and I go, it's Trump being Trump," Johnson said on Oct. 3. Read more »

John Neely Kennedy (La.)

"I think some of my Democratic friends are acting in good faith -- I don't have enough facts to agree with them," Kennedy said on Sept. 24. Read more »

James Lankford (Okla.)

"I think they’ve been looking for a way to impeach the president for years. I think they’re upset with him politically," Lankford said on Oct. 4. Read more »

Mike Lee (Utah)

"There are those who don’t like this president who have been trying to have him impeached and removed since the day he took office,” Lee said on Sept. 25. Read more »

Mitch McConnell (Ky.)2020

McConnell on Sept. 30 said the Senate would be "required" to take up impeachment if the House passed an article of impeachment. Read more »

Martha McSally (Ariz.)2020

“When we’re talking about impeaching the president of the United States, it has got to be a process that is something that the American people trust,” McSally said at a stop in Peoria. She charged the House leadership with acting out of political motives, while “the Senate Intelligence Committee has been authorized by every senator to actually look into this topic.” Read more »

Jerry Moran (Kan.)

"Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced impeachment proceedings for President Trump. Speaker Pelosi’s actions are a rush to judgement and were made before most of the facts were known. Absent concrete evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors, Congress should not use impeachment proceedings to overturn the results of an election," Moran said in a statement on Oct. 2. Read more »

Rand Paul (Ky.)

"Ever since Donald Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 presidential election, Democrats have been on a mission to reverse those results, even though it’s meant dragging the country through one desperate witch hunt after another." Read more »

David Perdue (Ga.)2020

"They’ve weaponized politics here. They have obstructed this president since day one. They just can’t get over that he won the election, and so I just see this as premature," Perdue said on Sept. 24. Read more »

James E. Risch (Idaho)2020

"The House is free to conduct their inquiry, and when they are done, the Senate will take up their Constitutional duty to do the same. From what I know to this point, the Democratic members in the House haven’t shown us anything that meets the standard and are prioritizing politics over facts," Risch said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Pat Roberts (Kan.)Retiring

Roberts called the impeachment inquiry "political theater" on Oct. 2. Read more »

Mike Rounds (S.D.)2020

"I don’t think it’s the smoking gun that Democrats wanted in the House,” Rounds said on Sept. 25. Read more »

Rick Scott (Fla.)

"Liberal Democrats in DC FINALLY announced their goal: impeaching Donald Trump. They’re on a mission to take down the president,” Scott wrote in a fundraising note on Facebook on Sept. 25. Read more »

Tim Scott (S.C.)

"He’s not really a whistleblower, so it’s really more hearsay,” Scott said on Sept. 27. Read more »

Richard C. Shelby (Ala.)

"I was here before when the House impeached [President Bill] Clinton, and . . . it becomes the order of the day,” Shelby said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Dan Sullivan (Alaska)2020

"The American people elected us to get things done, not to focus on even more partisan investigations of the president. Unfortunately, this rush to begin impeachment proceedings by Speaker Pelosi—even before the most basic information has been released—is consistent with a pattern by the national Democrats and national media since President Trump was first elected," Sullivan said on Sept. 24. Read more »

Thom Tillis (N.C.)2020

"Nancy Pelosi should be embarrassed. The transcript debunks the Democrats’ false claims against President @realDonaldTrump and demonstrates that their call to impeach him is a total farce," Tillis tweeted on Sept. 25. Read more »

Roger Wicker (Miss.)

"The political left has made a bad habit of drawing conclusions about President Trump without knowing all of the facts. It appears they have done so again. The transcript of the President’s phone call provides no evidence of wrongdoing," Wicker said on Sept. 25. Read more »

Todd C. Young (Ind.)

"One thing is clear, the far-left has been desperate to get rid of President Trump since day one. That much has not changed. I take all of my responsibilities very seriously and will continue to evaluate the facts as we get them, but my primary focus will remain on the work Hoosiers elected me to do, including passing USMCA, reining in health care costs, taking care of veterans, keeping Americans safe and secure, and continuing to grow our economy," Young said in a statement to The Washington Post on Oct. 7.

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Originally published Oct. 9, 2019.

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