GOP senator: Impeachment should encourage Trump to be more 'careful' next time

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By Allan Smith  with NBC News Politics
Image: Sen. Mike Braun, R-IN, speaks to reporters during an impeachment tri
Sen. Mike Braun, R-IN, speaks to reporters during an impeachment trial recess on Jan. 23, 2020.   -   Copyright  Drew Angerer Getty Images

Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., said Sunday that he hopes President Donald Trump's impeachment "will be instructive" to the president so that he is more "careful" about his actions going forward.

"Hopefully it will be instructive to where ... I think he'll put two and two together," Braun told NBC's "Meet the Press." "In this case, he was taken to the carpet."

"I think he'll be instructed by what has occurred here and certainly any individual would want to avoid whatever might need to be modified to go through this again because the threat is already been out there that 'we might find something else to impeach you on," Braun added, pointing to Democrats. "Which I think is a mistake because I think we need to get back to what most Americans are interested in, the agenda."

The Hoosier State senator said the process "ought to be instructive to anyone here that if you're pushing the envelope or doing things that may not feel right, let alone be right, you better be careful."

"Because we're in that kind of atmosphere now," he said.

Braun's comments came as the president took shots at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Sunday morning over his handling of impeachment. Trump said Schiff has "not paid the price, yet" for his role in Trump's impeachment. Schiff, the lead House impeachment manager, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he thought Trump's tweet was "intended to be" a threat to him. Trump responded later Sunday by calling Schiff a "conman."

House impeachment managers delivered their case against Trump over three days last week. In their arguments, they accused Trump of soliciting foreign help to "cheat" in the upcoming election and said he violated his oath of office by pressuring Ukraine to announce investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden while withholding crucial military aid to the country.

Trump's legal team, which began its defense on Saturday, said it was actually the Democrats who were trying to interfere in the election through impeachment and said Trump did nothing wrong with regards to Ukraine, pointing to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and top Ukrainian officials saying they felt no pressure.

Democrats, meanwhile, contended that Zelenskiy and top aides had no choice but to say that lest they risk losing U.S. support going forward.