GOP senator questions constitutionality of an impeachment trial after Trump leaves office

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Senator Joni Ernst, Republican from Iowa

Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa), a member of the Senate Republican leadership who won reelection in November, said Tuesday that she doesn’t think it would be constitutional to try President Trump on an impeachment charge after he leaves office.

Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa), a member of the Senate Republican leadership who won reelection in November, said Tuesday that she doesn’t think it would be constitutional to try President Trump on an impeachment charge after he leaves office.

“My overall question is: Why are we doing this when the president is out of office tomorrow?” Ernst told reporters in the Capitol.

Asked if she thought it would be constitutional to try Trump once he is out of office, Ernst replied: “I don’t think it is.”

Is there precedent for impeachment after leaving office? Has it been done? Despite what Joni Ernst says, Norm Eisen and Rachel Maddow point to precedent.

Source: The Hill