Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts on Wednesday criticized the decision to impeach President Donald Trump a second time, saying it “serves no good purpose” and will further divide the nation. Ricketts, a fellow Republican and Trump supporter, said the president’s time in office is nearly over after his loss to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden in November. “We ought to focus on healing, bringing Democrats and Republicans together and focusing on a smooth transition,” Ricketts said in a meeting with reporters.
The U.S. House impeached Trump for inciting an insurrection after the deadly mob siege at the U.S. Capitol. Pro-Trump loyalists stormed the Capitol after the president called on them to “fight like hell” against the election results. Trump is the only U.S. president to be twice impeached, and Wednesday’s vote was the most bipartisan presidential impeachment in modern times.