A growing chorus of Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, say the Trump-Priebus transition will help the country, and Republicans are pushing to force a special congressional election in the swing state of Virginia next month.
The Senate is scheduled to take up the issue Thursday.
But Republicans have not yet secured enough votes to override the veto threat that would be the most likely outcome, which they have said is a major obstacle to their push to impeach Trump.
“This is a big thing for our country, a big issue for the people of Virginia and this is a huge reason why we’re here today,” Ryan said.
“And we’ll do everything we can to make sure that happens.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Fox News Sunday that Democrats have no alternative but to “force a special election” in Virginia to remove Trump.
The president has repeatedly expressed confidence that the Congress will vote to impece him, a position that has drawn widespread opposition from Democrats and some Republicans.
“The president has said he would get to a point where he would not be impeached,” McCarthy said.
McConnell on Friday told reporters that Trump “doesn’t have a mandate” to remain in office, and called on lawmakers to impeached Trump.
He added that Trump has shown no signs of slowing down in his effort to end the political chaos that has engulfed Washington and is “trying to get away from it.”
“This is going to be a long, long process.
We’re going to see the Democrats and Republicans try to figure out a way to get it done,” McConnell said.
The House is expected to vote on a resolution Thursday that would authorize impeachment proceedings against Trump.
A special prosecutor would then have to file a lawsuit, which could take months to resolve.
But if the Democrats can get enough support in the Senate, they would be able to hold a special vote, rather than the regular House vote.
A House resolution that would trigger impeachment proceedings would be debated and voted on by members of both parties.
The resolution would then need to pass the Senate and be signed by the president before it could be sent to the White House for a signature.
Democrats, meanwhile, are planning to push to make the issue a referendum on the president and his supporters.
“We’re going on record that we’re not going to let this president go,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “I don’t think we have a chance at a fair and just process with him.”
In a statement, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D–Ill., said the resolution is an attempt to force Trump to comply with his constitutional duties, and that he believes it is unconstitutional.
“If it is true that Trump is not fit to serve as commander in chief, the Senate must make it clear that he will be removed and replaced by someone who is,” Durbina said.
On Saturday, a group of Democratic lawmakers, led by Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer of New York, introduced a resolution calling for a special legislative election in Virginia, saying it was “necessary to restore confidence in our government.”
“While it is impossible to know what effect the election would have on the President’s agenda, this resolution does not call for that,” Schumer said in a statement.
“Instead, it calls for the Electoral College to convene to determine the president’s replacement.
The goal of this resolution is to restore faith in our democracy and restore confidence that we will be able, with the right person, to make a better country.”
Trump has denied the impeachment threat and has said that he wants to continue to lead the country.
But in recent weeks, he has repeatedly threatened to end his presidency over a series of controversies, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the leaking of a private conversation with the Russian foreign minister, and the decision to end a policy that protects transgender people from discrimination in employment and housing.
Trump also tweeted on Saturday that the Democrats “are working overtime to stop us from winning the Presidency.”
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Trump said he “would have the highest regard” for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired for lying about contacts with Russian officials during the transition.
“Flynn was a good man.
He did a good job,” Trump told host Chuck Todd.
“He was fired.
He was fired and he was treated badly by the people that were supposed to be his team.
I would have a very, very high regard for him.”
Flynn has defended his handling of the communications, saying he did not discuss sanctions with the Russians and that “I’m not a political operative.”
“I had no involvement with any of this,” Flynn said in an interview on ABC News’ “This Week.”
“It’s just something that happens with transitions.
I don’t know where it’s coming