Republicans warn impeachment will trigger desire for ‘payback’ against future Democrat president

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Republicans are looking years beyond Wednesday’s impeachment vote against President Trump to warn Democrats that a president of their party will eventually face the same fate based on raw partisan politics.

“It’s a scam. It’s something that shouldn’t be allowed. And it’s a very bad thing for our country. And you’re trivializing impeachment. And I tell you what: Someday, there will be a Democrat president, and there will be a Republican House, and I suspect they’re going to remember it,” President Trump told reporters last week, claiming that Democrats were using impeachment for “absolutely nothing, other than to try and get political gain.”

Trump, 73, is the third president to face House-passed impeachment articles and a Senate trial after Democrats Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. In 1974, Republican President Richard Nixon resigned before the House took up impeachment articles for Watergate-related issues.

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