Klobuchar on impeachment: 'I'm the jury'

Klobuchar on impeachment: 'I'm the jury'
© Greg Nash

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Harris to appear in CNN climate town hall after backlash MORE (D-Minn.) did not say whether she believed the House should move forward with impeaching President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE, telling a CNN Town Hall audience on Monday that the Senate would act as the jury.  

“I believe that I am the jury here, so I'm not going to predispose things," Klobuchar, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said when asked whether Trump should be impeached amid the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

“The impeachment proceedings are up to the House. They’re going to have to make that decision," she said. 

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“I am in the Senate, I believe that we are the jury," she said, adding that Trump should be held accountable for his actions described in the Mueller report.

Sen Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (D-Mass.) became the first Democratic 2020 contender to call for impeachment proceedings against Trump following the Mueller report's release, citing a section in which the special counsel said that Congress has the authority to conduct obstruction of justice investigations. Mueller declined to reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice in his investigation.

Klobuchar on Monday called for Mueller to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, joining other Democrats and some Republicans. 

“We need to have hearings in both the House and the Senate, and not just with Attorney General [William] Barr, we need to bring Director Mueller before the Senate," she continued. 

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSecond Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death MORE (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to Mueller earlier this month, demanding that he testify before the committee before May 23.