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Politics Klobuchar, Booker rule out recusing themselves from Trump impeachment trial

18:45  12 october  2019
18:45  12 october  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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Senate Democrats who are running for the party’s 2020 nomination are ruling out recusing themselves from participating in any Senate impeachment trial of President Trump , even amid questions from Republicans that it could represent a conflict of interest.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said on Wednesday that Democratic senators running for the party's 2020 nomination should recuse themselves from taking part in President Trump 's impeachment trial .

Senate Democrats who are running for the party’s 2020 nomination are ruling out recusing themselves from participating in any Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, even amid questions from Republicans that it could represent a conflict of interest.

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“No, I would not recuse myself. It's part of my constitutional obligation,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., told reporters Friday when asked.

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The question of recusal was raised by Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., who asked if senators running for president “have a conflict of interest regarding possible impeachment of an opponent.”

House Democrats last month launched an impeachment inquiry into the circumstances surrounding President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Klobuchar , Booker rule out recusing themselves from Trump impeachment trial . Booker and NPR host Ari Shapiro sit during an NPR-moderated discussion with potential voters. "I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution," Booker said in defense of the impeachment inquiry into

Klobuchar about her efforts to balance running for president and preparing for the Senate impeachment trial .

That would then set up an impeachment trial in the Senate, where a host of 2020 candidates — including Sens. Klobuchar; Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Cory Booker, D-N.J.; and Michael Bennet, D-Colo. — serve.

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It raises the question of whether they would benefit if their potential 2020 general election rival were removed from office — and if so, if they should therefore recuse themselves from any trial.

“Shouldn’t they recuse themselves if it came to the Senate?” Massie asked. “Wouldn’t anyone so positioned against a defendant be barred from serving as a judge or jury in a court of law?”

Booker was asked on Friday if he would ever recuse himself, and he gave a short, simple answer: “No.”

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In her answer, Klobuchar went into greater detail. “I was elected as a U.S. senator for the state of Minnesota and my job will be to be a juror in the case and ... I very strongly believe that this impeachment proceeding must go forward,” she said. “I don't know what counts that the House will come up with and what they will bring over to us but my job will be to look at the evidence and make a decision.”

Other senators have not addressed the question directly, but have no given any sign that they would recuse themselves. On Wednesday, Harris sent a letter with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to every Trump cabinet official demanding they cooperate with ongoing investigations and preserve relevant evidence.

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