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Yang: 2020 rivals in Senate should be able to campaign amid impeachment

Yang: 2020 rivals in Senate should be able to campaign amid impeachment
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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangMary J. Blige endorses New York City mayoral candidate in new ad Ocasio-Cortez endorses Maya Wiley in NYC mayoral race NYC mayoral candidate hit with second allegation of sexual misconduct MORE said on Thursday that the handful of senators in the 2020 primary race should be able to continue campaigning amid a potential Senate impeachment trial. 

“I think Bernie, Cory, and the other senators should feel free to campaign during the impeachment trial if it comes to that,” Yang tweeted, referencing Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Democratic tensions will only get worse as left loses patience McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats Socially-distanced 'action figure' photo of G7 leaders goes viral MORE (I-Vt.) and Cory BookerCory BookerTeen who filmed Floyd murder awarded honorary Pulitzer Senate confirms first Muslim American federal judge Police reform negotiations enter crucial stretch MORE (D-N.J.). 

“They know enough to know which way they would vote and can always get briefed on new findings,” the tech entrepreneur added.

A total of five senators are currently in the 15-person Democratic presidential race, including Sanders, Booker and Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill House unveils antitrust package to rein in tech giants Democrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' MORE (D-Minn.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMcConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats Mark Cuban: ProPublica 'not being honest' about taxes on wealthy On The Money: Bipartisan Senate group rules out tax hikes on infrastructure | New report reignites push for wealth tax MORE (D-Mass.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSenate panel advances nominations for key Treasury positions Democrats blast Biden climate adviser over infrastructure remarks Colorado lawmakers invite Harris to tour state's space industry MORE (D-Colo.).

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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerIt's not just Manchin: No electoral mandate stalls Democrats' leftist agenda DOJ to probe Trump-era subpoenas of lawmaker records Democrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas MORE (D-N.Y.) told reporters on Tuesday that his colleagues running for president need to prioritize the Senate impeachment trial over campaigning ahead of the Iowa caucuses. 

The trial could tie up senators on the Senate floor for the entire month of January, just ahead of the Feb. 3 caucuses. 

Senate rules generally call for the chamber to be in session six days a week to hear the case presented by the House impeachment managers and the defense presented by President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE’s legal team. 

A trial is expected to begin after New Year’s Day, but Schumer said he’s waiting for an invitation from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhat the Democrats should be doing to reach true bipartisanship Democrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) to discuss next month's schedule and negotiate a resolution to set rules and parameters for it.