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GOP Senator: 2020 Democrats Must Recuse Themselves from Senate Impeachment Trial

Sen. Marsha Blackburn says 'presidential ambitions' prevent candidates being objective

 on 16th January 2020 @ 7.00pm
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Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) says 2020 Democrats should recuse themselves from the impeachment trial

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is calling for Democrat senators running for the Democratic presidential nomination to recuse themselves from President Donald Trump's coming impeachment trial in the Senate.

Republican Sen. Blackburn (Tenn.) says the "presidential ambitions" of her Democratic colleagues running for the White House in 2020 "prohibit their ability to view this trial through an objective lens."

"Tomorrow, one hundred United States Senators will be sworn in to serve in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump," Blackburn said in a Wednesday statement.

"Four of those Senators must recuse themselves for their unparalleled political interest in seeing this President removed from office."

The four Sen. Blackburn was referring are Sens. Michael Bennett (D-CO), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Those 2020 Democrats "cannot sit in judgment of the very President they seek to replace," Blackburn declared.

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2020 Democrats called on to recuse themselves include Sens Warren (left), Sanders (center), Klobuchar (right) and Bennett (not pictured)

"To participate in this trial would be a failure of the oath they took to be an 'impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws,'" Blackburn continued.

"Their presidential ambitions prohibit their ability to view this trial through an objective lens."

According to the press release from Blackburn's office, "in Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial, an objection was lodged against an Ohio senator who was next in line to become President, if Johnson were removed."

Blackburn added via Twitter that the four Democratic senators who remain in the 2020 presidential race "are spending millions of dollars to defeat @realDonald Trump, and we're supposed to believe they will be impartial during the trial?"

"They should recuse themselves," she concluded.

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Mitch McConnel has questioned whether anti-Trump Democrats such as Sen. Chuck Schumer will remain impartial

The Hill reported that "the call for presidential contenders to recuse themselves from the trial comes after some Democrats have called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to do the same."

The calls about McConnell reportedly came "after he pledged to be in 'total coordination' with the White House and that he would not be an 'impartial juror.'"

In response accusations that he would not be impartial, Sen. McConnell told Fox News last month, "Do you think Chuck Schumer is impartial?

"Do you think Elizabeth Warren is impartial?

"Bernie Sanders is impartial?

"So let's quit the charade.

"This is a political exercise."

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