A Top GOP Lawyer Says He Will No Longer Donate to Republicans Who Don’t Vote to Convict Trump
Over the last month, Republicans like Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse have been willing to speak out against Trump. They are, however, the exception to the rule. For the most part, GOP lawmakers won’t vote against Trump despite the evidence against him.
For most of them, it is a political matter and a vote against Trump could mean they face a primary opponent. But the refusal to let Trump get off scot free will upset many voters and some donors. Ted Olson, a key Republican donor, says he will no longer donate to Republican senators who fail to convict Trump.
Olson made the vow during a recent interview with the National Law Journal. The prominent GOP lawyer, who was at one time George W. Bush’s Solicitor General, remarked, “This is not just Jan 6. Trump has been attempting for weeks to convince the American public—and duly elected and appointed election officials—that the election was a fraud and was stolen from him, in the face of irrefutable evidence and numerous judicial opinions to the contrary. This was a constant and fraudulent effort to undermine the integrity of American institutions and processes. It culminated, of course, in the violence and lawlessness on Jan. 6.”
The former Reagan Assistant Attorney General continued:
“I haven’t resolved yet what I plan to do, but certainly do not plan to contribute financially to or support candidates or committees who do not pass the test of character presented by the Senate’s vote on the impeachment trial. This is about not only accountability of the former president, but every senator who votes either to condemn or condone the former president’s conduct.”
Read the full interview here