Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) says the Jan. 6 committee public hearings have made Donald Trump’s path to the Republican Party nomination for president in 2024 “much more tenuous.”
In an interview with Bloomberg, Toomey was asked if he believes the Jan. 6 committee hearings would preclude Trump from seeking a second term as president in 2024.
Toomey said it is ultimately up to Trump to make a decision about whether he runs again in two years. But, “I think he disqualified himself from serving in public office by virtue of his post-election behavior, especially leading right up to January 6,” Toomey said.
“I think the revelations from this committee make his path to even the Republican nomination much more tenuous,” he added.
Toomey, who is retiring, suggested that even if Trump survives the primary he will be a very weak candidate in the general election.
The most recent testimony the committee received from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House staffer, has been described by some in Trump’s orbit as “definitely the most damning”.
Hutchinson provided the committee with details about Trump’s actions behind the scenes in the days leading to Jan. 6 and on the day of the riot. She told the committee that Trump knew his supporters were armed that day and that he grabbed the steering wheel of the presidential limousine when he was told by his Secret Service detail that he would not be going to the Capitol. She also told the committee that former chief of staff Mark Meadows and Rudy Giuliani sought pardons from Trump after the riot.