Regardless of whether or not President Trump gets convicted, the impeachment trial will have an impact and set a precedent, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Tuesday.
“History has a way of judging things kind of perfectly. I don't think people are going to look back in history and say impeaching him was the wrong thing. Everything is a precedent,” Kinzinger told CNN's Jim Sciutto. “I fear what happens is there will be another president some day that sees that as a model and decides he or she is going to emulate that, and that's frightening.”
“Only Donald Trump can be proud of being impeached twice and acquitted," he continued. "Every other president, every other person in the presidency would be ashamed of that. So he'll, you know, stoke the base up. But I don't think it's a lasting proposition … You look at Sarah Palin who was very important for a couple of years, and we don't talk about her anymore. I think he's going to go that way. If he doesn't, the Republican Party is in real trouble.”
Kinzinger also said that many Republican lawmakers have been quieter because of the backlash that Rep. Liz Cheney received for publicly criticizing Trump.
“I don't blame anybody for their vote. I just know this. At the end of my life, I have to look in the mirror and say what did I do with my time in Congress, which is a real huge gift. And I want to know that I did everything to defend this Constitution, that I feel totally at peace with that,” he added.