Klobuchar on impeachment: 'I'm the jury'

Klobuchar on impeachment: 'I'm the jury'
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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire MORE (D-Minn.) did not say whether she believed the House should move forward with impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' 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 MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay 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 WarrenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders over handling of feud with Warren On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans 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 NadlerMcConnell locks in schedule for start of impeachment trial Pelosi: Trump's impeachment 'cannot be erased' House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate MORE (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to Mueller earlier this month, demanding that he testify before the committee before May 23.