Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland said on Sunday that he would have crossed party lines to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial if he were a member of the Senate.
During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Hogan was asked by host Jake Tapper if he would have voted to convict Trump.
“I would have,” he answered.
The effort to convict Trump for “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the January 6 Capitol riots fell short by a 57–43 margin. A conviction required two-thirds of the Senate, or 67 votes.
While all 50 Democrats voted to convict Trump, they were joined by 7 Republicans, including Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says that former Pres. Trump could still face criminal charges: “This is not over and we’re going to decide over the next couple of years what the fate of Donald Trump and the Republican Party is.” #CNNSOTU https://t.co/4RnLvtzIN3 pic.twitter.com/qDSMMFPc8n
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Despite escaping a conviction yesterday, Hogan said that Trump’s fate would likely be decided over the next two years.
“There was yesterday’s vote, but there’s definitely a number of potential court cases, and I think he’s still going to face the courts and the court of public opinion,” he said.
For Hogan, a second-term governor in one of the most Democratic states in the nation, his words hearkened back to his father, the late Congressman Lawrence Hogan, who served in the House of Representatives from 1969 to 1975.
In July 1974, Congressman Hogan bucked his party and became the first House Republican to back impeachment efforts against then-President Richard Nixon, which the president later said was “a very bad blow” in fighting the three articles of impeachment connected to the Watergate scandal.