Klobuchar: 'I don't see' voting to acquit Trump if impeachment moves to Senate trial
Posted December 1, 2019 10:52 a.m. EST
CNN — Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sunday that she can't see herself voting in President Donald Trump's favor should the House impeachment inquiry into the President move to a trial in the Senate.
Asked by CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" whether she would vote to acquit the President, Klobuchar said: "At this point, I don't see that."
"But I'm someone that wants to look at every single count," Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said. "I've made it clear I think this is impeachable conduct."
The House Intelligence Committee is expected to allow members to review the committee's impeachment report Monday ahead of a vote scheduled on Tuesday to approve the report, which details the committee's findings from the impeachment inquiry into Trump and Ukraine, CNN has reported.
The report is expected to be transmitted to the House Judiciary Committee ahead of its first impeachment hearing on Wednesday and serve as the basis for articles of impeachment that the panel will consider.
Congress is moving to its next phase in the impeachment inquiry and lawmakers are prepping for a potential trial in the Senate that could take place around the time 2020 candidates would be stumping in Iowa.
Multiple aides previously told CNN that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, has been having conversations with 2020 contenders, who may be glued to the Senate chamber well into December and January, about the next phase.
Klobuchar, who is vying for the Democratic nomination for president, said it would be her "constitutional obligation" to step away from 2020 campaigning if impeachment proceedings move to the Senate.
Asked if it would be a disadvantage for her to leave the campaign trail, Klobuchar said, "I will meet whatever obstacle is put in front of me."
"And this is more than an obstacle, it is my constitutional obligation," she added.
The Minnesota senator said there are "many people out there" to represent her case to voters if she can't leave Washington "for a few weeks," pointing to her daughter, her husband and her endorsers as possible surrogates.