Democrat Manchin on Impeachment Trial: 'I Have Not Made a Decision Yet'

Susan Jones | January 29, 2020 | 10:35am EST
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) represents a state carried easily by President Trump. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) represents a state carried easily by President Trump. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - "I have not made a decision yet," Red-state Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) told MSNBC on Wednesday when he was asked where he stands on convicting President Donald Trump.

Manchin said he'll be closer to a decision after two days of questions, which begin today in the Senate impeachment trial.

MSNBC's Kasie Hunt asked Manchin, "Are you thinking about splitting these impeachment articles and potentially voting to acquit the president on the obstruction of Congress charge?"

"I have not made a decision," Manchin responded.

I have truly -- I take my oath serious about impartiality. I have not made a decision yet. And I'm still looking.

And I think these questions -- These two days? I have a question I want to ask somebody. Have you ever been in a trial when you weren't able to call witnesses? That's just one simple question I want to ask.

There's pertinent evidence, so until I see these two days here, eight hours today, eight hours tomorrow, I'll be closer to a decision then.

Manchin later explained that he has to "go home and look West Virginia in the eye, and say, hey this is why I did it. If I don’t have an answer, and if I can’t explain it, I can’t vote for it."

Manchin, a Democrat who answers to a Republican-majority constituency, played to both sides on Tuesday.

He said he's willing to call witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial; and he said that might include Hunter Biden, in addition to John Bolton: "[B]eing afraid to (call) anybody that might have pertinent information is wrong, no matter if you're a Democrat or Republican," Manchin said.

Manchin said he thinks "both the defense and the prosecution" did "an admirable job."

And he called out "hypocrisy" on both sides, mentioning people who argued one way in the Clinton impeachment trial and now are taking a different tack when it comes to impeaching a Republican president.



 

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