Klobuchar: ‘I Have a Constitutional Duty to Take Part’ in the Impeachment Trial

Melanie Arter | October 21, 2019 | 12:05pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper” that when President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial takes place in December, she will be in Washington, D.C., listening to the evidence as a juror instead of being in Iowa running for president, because she has a “constitutional duty.”

"Senate Majority Leader McConnell says that the Senate trial, impeachment trial, might be in December. That's right when Iowans will be doing the important job of trying to choose the Democratic presidential nominee. Is it more important for you to be listening to the evidence on the Senate floor as a juror in Washington, D.C., or in Iowa running for president?” Tapper asked.


“Well, that's called an easy question, Jake, because I have a constitutional duty to take part in that trial. That's what you do when you're a U.S. senator and such an important case comes to be for you,” Klobuchar said. “I think it's going to change things. We will be there in Washington, if that is the schedule. We really don't have a choice.



“I'm pleased to have more endorsements of elected and former electeds in the state of Iowa than any other candidate on that stage, so I will have plenty of people that will be able to fill in for me, including my husband, at events all over the state. That's just what's going to have to happen, because this is a very serious thing,” she said.

“It was James Madison who said at the Constitutional Convention that the reason we have these impeachment provisions is that he feared that a president would betray the trust of the American people for a foreign power, and that's exactly what happened here, and that's why the House is moving forward with these proceedings,” Klobuchar said.

“You call it an easy question, but I have to say, like, it could mean that whatever momentum you are able to achieve by December disappears, while all the candidates who are not senators or who don't hold the same view as you do about the importance of the impeachment trial run around the state of Iowa and get support,” Tapper said.

“So, you're willing to commit you're going to be in Washington, no matter what, even if it costs you your presidential ambitions into 2020?” he asked.

Klobuchar said she has a constitutional duty, but she can "do two things at once.”

“There's many ways to reach out to people, and I'm the one that's been here in Iowa, and, before that, New Hampshire, did 10 counties the minute I got off that debate stage in two days, and now are doing 12, going all over this state,” she said.

“And we have had incredible, incredible momentum, with big crowds, people showing up at tiny towns. In Guthrie County last night, Jake, we had the big biggest crowd ever since Harry Truman, according to the party chair,” Klobuchar said.

“So there's just a lot of excitement out there, and I think it's because I was able to make the case for a lot of people who are tired of the noise and nonsense, telling them that they have got a home with me of someone that can actually get things done and has their back,” she added.



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