New York Republican Representative-elect Michael Lawler told CNN that he wants the Republican Party to "move forward" from former President Donald Trump.
“I would like to see the party move forward,” Lawler told CNN. “I think anytime you are focused on the future, you can't so much go to the past. And I think people are really excited about the opportunity to address the challenges that we’re facing as a country, and I think more focus needs to be on the issues and the substance of those issues than on personalities.”
Lawler added, "I think moving in a different direction as we move forward is a good thing, not a bad thing. But ultimately, look, the voters will decide what they want to do, and the former president will decide what he wants to do.”
Lawler was asked if he is interested in focusing any time on investigations and potential impeachments of this administration.
"I think the top priority is to deal with inflation and the cost of living. That is what I ran on and that is what my focus will be ... I don't want to see is what we saw during the Trump administration where Democrats just went after the president and the administration incessantly," he said. "I don't want to go from one issue to the next without dealing with the issues that got me elected in the first place."