On Sunday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar stated that Congress has an obligation to move forward with impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump regardless of what the public’s opinion is. She argued that the House inquiry has uncovered a “global Watergate.”
Klobuchar appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and stated that evidence that has been revealed so far fits the definition of what our nation’s founders described as an impeachable offense.
“James Madison said that the reason we needed impeachment provisions is that he feared that a president would betray the trust of the American people to a foreign power,” Klobucher stated.
“I see it simply as a global Watergate. Back then, you had a president in Richard Nixon who was paranoid and he delegated to some people to go break into the headquarters and get into a file cabinet to get dirt on a political opponent. That’s basically what this president has done on a global basis,” she added.
She would go on to state that she would most likely vote to remove Trump from office if articles of impeachment reach the Senate.
When she was asked if she could see herself voting to acquit she stated “I can’t see that happening right now, but I am someone that looks at each count and makes a decision. I’ve said from the beginning, I see this as impeachable conduct.”
Klobuchar’s comments come on the heels of two weeks of public testimony held by the House. Several current and former Trump administration officials described how Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter by withholding $400 million in military aid.
Klobuchar’s Judiciary Committee colleague, Sen. John Kennedy has accused House Democrats of “stifling the president’s due-process rights during the impeachment process.”
“Rounds one and two by Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff were as rigged as a carnival ring toss,” Kennedy stated.
“Have they allowed the president to call his own witnesses? No. Have they allowed him to have his lawyer present? No. Have they allowed him to offer rebuttal evidence? No. Have they allowed him to cross-examine the witnesses who were hand-picked by Speaker Pelosi?” Kennedy continued.
Kennedy would also go on to repeat claims that Russia’s 2016 election interference was more aggressive, but that Ukrainian leaders tried to put “their thumbs on the scales” of the elections as well.
However, during the hearings, Fiona Hill warned that Republicans should not create an equivalency between the negative comments made by Ukranian officials about Trump and the interference in the 2016 elections backed by the Russian government.
“I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternate narrative that the Ukrainian government is a U.S. adversary and that Ukraine — not Russia — attacked us in 2016,” Hill said.
Klobuchar added that Congress’ “first obligation is the constitutional one,” regardless of public opinion.
She also pointed to a recent Democratic win for governor in Kentucky and Democrat’s wins in Virginia as well.
“Yes, it’s a public trial and the public will be able to see more and reach their own decisions. But at the end, it’s a constitutional obligation,” she said.