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Sanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate

Sanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay MORE (I-Vt.) urged the Senate to "quickly" pursue a trial over the articles of impeachment unveiled by the House on Tuesday, adding that the House should pass the articles as soon as possible.

In a pair of tweets, Sanders said that he would do his constitutional duty and attend the impeachment trial in the Senate even as he campaigns as a candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination.

"Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE is the most corrupt president in history, and he must be held accountable. I strongly believe the announcement of articles of impeachment are appropriate and necessary, and I call on the full House to pass them," Sanders tweeted.

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"Once the House proceeds to impeachment, Leader McConnell must quickly schedule a full trial in the Senate, where I will uphold my constitutional responsibility as a juror," he added.

Other 2020 candidates in the Senate including Cory BookerCory BookerDemocrats introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for government discrimination Zombie Tax punishes farmers to fill DC coffers Rand Paul does not support a national minimum wage increase — and it's important to understand why MORE (D-N.J.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSchumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is 'a strong, bold climate bill' Past criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Hillicon Valley: Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC | Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cyber during summit with Putin | TSA working on additional security regulations following Colonial Pipeline hack MORE (D-Colo.) echoed support for the impeachment process on Tuesday, with Bennet tweeting that he would likely vote in favor of removing Trump from office.

"We have to follow due process and the rule of law, but if the evidence of the President’s wrongdoing and abuse of power continues to remain consistent with what we’ve seen, it’s likely I will vote to impeach," Bennet tweeted.

"The President has made it very difficult for Congress to do the oversight that the Constitution requires and that the American people demand. He’s obstructed and stonewalled at every step of the way, and today’s announcement reflects that," he added. "This is exactly what the founders were worried about. We don’t elect kings in this country, and nobody is above the law."

"This is a sad, sobering moment for our country," Booker tweeted. "This President violated his oath to the American people. Now, those of us who swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution have a duty to follow ours."

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"I support the leadership House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection Overnight Energy: Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West | White House leads opposition to raising gas tax | Biden taps ex-New Mexico lawmaker for USDA post Trump against boycotting Beijing Olympics in 2022 MORE and House Democrats have displayed during these hearings and this process, and know it will continue in an impartial and sober way," he continued.

Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangYang, Garcia campaign together three days before NYC mayoral primary Adams, Wiley lead field in NYC mayoral primary: poll Republican House campaign arm says it will begin soliciting cryptocurrency donations MORE, who has focused little of his rhetoric on the matter of impeachment during his 2020 campaign efforts, tweeted support Tuesday for the impeachment efforts but warned that Democrats risked inflaming the president's base ahead of 2020.

"I agree with proceeding with impeachment - it’s the right thing to do. But there is potential for it to increase polarization and galvanize the President’s base particularly if impeachment doesn’t succeed. We need to provide a new positive vision to move the country forward," Yang tweeted.

Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro added that he was "pleased" that Democrats were upholding the duty of the Congress to "hold [Trump] to account," and added that he thought impeachment proceedings should have begun shortly after the release of the special counsel report into the Trump campaign and Russian election interference.

"I called on Congress to begin impeachment the day after the Mueller report was released in April, because it was clear Donald Trump broke the law," Castro tweeted.

"It’s a solemn day in our nation’s history, but I’m pleased Congress is doing their duty to hold him to account," he continued.

"We have a dangerous and lawless president who has disregarded the Constitution at the expense of the American people. That demands accountability. Impeachment is a grave act, but we can’t afford to wait," added former Massachusetts Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court sides with oil companies in Baltimore case| White House environmental justice advisers express opposition to nuclear, carbon capture projects | Biden administration to develop performance standards for federal buildings Approving Kristen Clarke's nomination should be a no-brainer To unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate MORE (D), a newcomer to the 2020 race.