On Sunday, Republican Senator Pat Toomey said that President Donald Trump should accept the outcome of the 2020 election.
The GOP senator made his comments during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
Watch the entire interview below.
Toomey: Trump Fraud Claims ‘Lack Any Credible Evidence’
When asked about President Trump and his attitude about the election, Toomey said, “I think the president should accept the outcome of the election.”
“He had every right to challenge these votes, he had every right to recounts and to litigate,” Toomey continued.
“He has done all of those things in my state of Pennsylvania,” the senator added.
“He’s drawn conservative Republican judges who’ve dismissed these cases for a lack of any credible evidence.”
On Fox, GOP PA Sen Toomey tells colleague Mike Emanuel “I think the President should accept the outcome of the election.” Notes that Trump’s cases were rejected by “conservative” judges in PA
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 27, 2020
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Toomey Believes Trump Went Too Far With Pardons
Toomey defended President Trump’s pardon of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, but criticized some of the other pardons Trump has issued.
The senator said, “I think it’s a misuse of the power” referring to those pardoned merely because they have a connection to the President.
Toomey vaguely compared the Trump pardons he criticized with former President Bill Clinton’s pardon of financier Marc Rich in 2001.
“I mean, my goodness, we have tax fraud and bank fraud, witness tampering, obstruction of justice, but because they were close to the president they got pardoned,” the senator said.
GOP senator on Trump pardons: ‘It is legal, it is constitutional, but I think it’s a misuse of the power’ https://t.co/uNRgcAwseq >><> Pennsylvania. This is what you elected. I know. Many of us supported him. Never again if he decides to run for something else.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) December 27, 2020
Toomey: ‘The President Is Often Unpredictable’
In addition to Flynn, some of Trump’s pardons have included:
- His former campaign manager Paul Manafort
- Charles Kushner, who is the father of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner
- Former Republican congressmen Chris Collins, Duncan Hunter, Steve Stockman, and Mark Sijander
- Roger Stone, Alex Van Der Zwaan,and George Papadopoulos who were part of the Mueller Russia investigation.
Toomey was asked if presidential pardons should be restricted, the senator seemed skeptical. “It’s a good discussion to have but it’s a tough call,” Toomey said. “I think it would be very challenging.”
When the issue of more possible pardons by President Trump was brought up, Toomey replied, “The president is often unpredictable.”
Watch the interview here: