GOP Lawmakers Have 'Rubber-Stamped' Trump's 'Corruption and Self-Interest,' Republican CNN Host Says

Republican CNN host S.E. Cupp warned GOP lawmakers that they "can't hide from history," arguing that they had "rubber-stamped Trump's corruption and self-interest."

Cupp made the comments on her Saturday evening show S.E. Cupp Unfiltered. Despite identifying as a Republican, Cupp has regularly criticized Donald Trump and his administration, as well as Republicans who have continued to support the president. Her remarks this weekend came in response to Republicans' reaction to the impeachment inquiry against the president.

"You can't hide from history," the CNN host noted at the beginning of the segment. She went on to explain that GOP lawmakers had largely defended the president over the past few months, as they dismissed the allegations against him. She specifically called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, for their staunch defense of Trump.

“No amount of parlor tricks or procedural wizardry will save Republicans from the long lens of history.” @secupp explains why McConnell and the GOP want impeachment to be over with & what it’ll mean for the conscience of the party.

— SE Cupp Unfiltered (@UnfilteredSE) December 15, 2019

In an interview with Fox News last week, McConnell asserted that he would fully cooperate with the White House counsel during the seemingly inevitable trial, which will be held in the Senate. Graham, a key Trump ally, told a conference in Qatar on Saturday that he was "not trying to pretend to be a fair juror" and had "made up" his mind that the president was innocent.

Cupp said it was a "fools' errand" for Republicans to defend Trump, suggesting they would inevitably be judged poorly for doing so. "No amount of parlor tricks or procedural wizardry will save Republicans from the long lens of history," she argued. "It is not ambiguous what the president did, how he abused his office for his own personal and political gain. It's clear as day," the host said.

"No amount of ducking and covering will save Republicans from the truth," Cupp continued, "which is that they rubber-stamped this president's corruption and self-interest, and opened the door for future presidents to do even worse."

Newsweek has reached out to the press representatives of McConnell and Graham for comment.

The House Judiciary Committee, which is controlled by Democrats, on Friday approved two articles of impeachment against Trump, one for "Abuse of Power" and the other for "Obstruction of Congress." The president is accused of abusing his office by pressuring Ukraine to announce investigations into discredited claims that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden acted corruptly to benefit his son Hunter's business interests there, as well as into a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election.

Multiple former and current administration officials corroborated the claims through testimony before Congress, while also asserting that there was a "quid pro quo" involved. The president allegedly temporarily withheld nearly $400 million in military aid, which had been approved by Congress, in addition to a White House meeting with the Eastern European nation's new president, to increase pressure on the country to announce the probes targeting his domestic political rivals.

The "Obstruction of Congress" charge came as a result of the White House's refusal to cooperate with the inquiry or comply with subpoenas. Under the Constitution, the House of Representatives is granted the "sole Power of Impeachment," leading Democrats to argue that Trump had violated the Constitution by stonewalling their inquiry. The White House blocked multiple witnesses with firsthand knowledge from testifying as well.

Trump has consistently denied any wrongdoing, and his supporters have defended him by arguing that the entire impeachment process has been strictly "partisan."

"I think it's a disgrace that people can make impeachment out of nothing," the president told reporters last Tuesday. "I think it's an absolute disgrace."

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 6: (L-R) President Donald Trump talks to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) during an event about judicial confirmations in the East Room of the White House on November 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. More than 150 of the president's federal judicial nominees have been confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/Getty