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Senate Democrat ‘gravely concerned’ about what Trump might do before election if acquitted

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said Sunday that he is “gravely concerned” about what President Trump might do before the 2020 election if the president is acquitted in a Senate impeachment trial.

Coons told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he is worried Trump would continue his patterns of asking for foreign interference in elections if he is not stopped by the Senate. 

“If he is ultimately exonerated in the Senate, if the Senate Republican majority refuses to discipline him through impeachment, he will be unbounded,” Coons said. “And I’m gravely concerned about what else he might do between now and the 2020 election, when there are no restrictions on his behavior.”

He added that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) changed her mind on whether impeachment was warranted after the accusations about Trump’s interactions with Ukraine surfaced.

Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry in the House when a whistleblower reported that Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate potential 2020 opponent Joe Biden. The House Judiciary Committee voted last week approved two articles of impeachment on a party line vote.

If the House approves the articles, as expected, this week, the Republican-majority Senate would begin its trial to decide whether to remove the president from office.

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