Sanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate

Sanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Sanders still sees 'narrow path' to Democratic presidential nomination Tenants call on lawmakers to pass rent freezes 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 John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says 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.


"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 Anthony BookerDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus Lawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-N.J.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetCyber threats spike during coronavirus pandemic Democrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus Hillicon Valley: Facebook launches portal for coronavirus information | EU sees spike in Russian misinformation on outbreak | Senate Dem bill would encourage mail-in voting | Lawmakers question safety of Google virus website 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."


"I support the leadership House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: White House projects grim death toll from coronavirus | Trump warns of 'painful' weeks ahead | US surpasses China in official virus deaths | CDC says 25 percent of cases never show symptoms 14 things to know for today about coronavirus Hillicon Valley: Trump, telecom executives talk coronavirus response | Pelosi pushes funding for mail-in voting | New York AG wants probe into firing of Amazon worker | Marriott hit by another massive breach 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 YangAndrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast Majority of young Americans support universal basic income, public healthcare: poll Granting cash payments is a conservative principle 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 PatrickTop Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Andrew Yang endorses Biden in 2020 race Deval Patrick backs Biden MORE (D), a newcomer to the 2020 race.