GOP Senator On Trump Soliciting Election Interference Again: "Things Happen"
Senator Richard Shelby took a decidedly nonchalant approach to President Donald Trump soliciting foreign governments to interfere in the upcoming presidential election, according to Axios.
The Alabama Republican was asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos if it is okay for the president to ask Ukraine and China to get involved in the election by investigating his potential political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Shelby demurred, saying, “Well, those were just statements, political. They make them all the time.”
He subsequently added that he was not saying Trump’s statements were “okay” but that “people make them. People do things. Things happen.”
Axios noted that Shelby’s response reflects the predicament some Republican lawmakers find themselves in as the Ukraine scandal unfolds: They are uncomfortable admitting they think Trump’s actions were wrong when the president himself has insisted he is innocent.
Shelby said he does not believe that Trump’s behavior "rises to the standard of an impeachable offense," but qualified his position by saying, "I still think we should wait and see what comes out in the trial itself."