Klobuchar: ‘I don’t see’ voting to acquit Trump in Senate trial

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a 2020 White House hopeful, said Sunday she doesn’t see herself voting to acquit President Trump if an impeachment trial is held in the Senate.

At this point, I don’t see that. But I’m someone that wants to look at every single count,” Klobuchar said on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked if she would vote to acquit Trump. 

“I have made very clear I think this is impeachable conduct,” the Judiciary Committee member added. 

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Klobuchar said she would “like to hear more testimony” and added that appearances from White House officials “may happen.” 

“But I think the point that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has made is, you don’t want to allow the administration to play rope-a-dope with the courts and have this delayed and delayed and delayed.  They have to make a decision, and they’re going to move forward. Having additional witnesses is always helpful. … The president claims he wants everyone to testify, so why doesn’t he let them testify,” she said. 

She also said there “may be” a way to compel officials to testify. 

“When you look at past impeachment hearings, negotiations happen about who the witnesses are and how they’re going to testify.  All that’s going to happen. But the biggest obligation here … is to go forward with this,” she said. 

“[James Madison] said at the Constitutional Convention that the reason he wanted impeachment provisions in there is because a president could betray the trust of the American people to a foreign power,” she continued. “That’s what happened here.  That’s why we’re going forward.”

The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry shifts this week to the House Judiciary Committee, which will decide whether the evidence gathered during the probe warrants drafting articles of impeachment that would be voted on by the entire House before a trial in the Senate.

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