GOP Senator On Trump Soliciting Election Interference Again: "Things Happen"


Sen. Richard Shelby's statements reflect Republicans' discomfort in addressing President Trump's behavior.

When asked whether it was appropriate for President Trump to solicit foreign interference from Ukraine and China in investigating his political rivals, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said that the president is a “human” and that “things happen,” according to Axios.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked the senator if asking Ukraine and China to interfere was okay.

Shelby replied, “Well, those were just statements, political. They make them all the time.”

“So it’s okay?” Stephanopoulos asked. 

“I didn’t say it was okay, I said people make them. People do things. Things happen,” Shelby said. 

Republicans have varied in responses on whether Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine was appropriate, with some arguing that it was improper but not impeachable while others have completely disputed the claim that he was soliciting foreign interference.

President Donald Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong, yet Shelby’s response reflects the discomfort that some Republicans have with admitting they had issues with his behavior. 

Shelby has been sworn in as an “impartial juror” in the Senate impeachment trial, but has said that he doesn’t believe Trump’s conduct “rises to the standard of an impeachable offense.”

He did add, however, “I still think we should wait and see what comes out in the trial itself.”

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