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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 YangYang to quarantine after campaign staffer tests positive for COVID-19 Andrew Yang sparks Twitter uproar with pro-bodega video Yang announces run for New York City mayor 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 SandersTim Ryan says he's 'looking seriously' at running for Portman's Senate seat Bernie Sanders has been most-followed member of Congress on social media for six years This week: Senate stuck in limbo MORE (I-Vt.) and Cory BookerCory BookerDemocrats seek answers on impact of Russian cyberattack on Justice Department, Courts Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Booker brings girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson, to inauguration 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 KlobucharSenators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate Klobuchar says Senate impeachment trial of former official is constitutional: 'We have precedent' MORE (D-Minn.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTim Ryan says he's 'looking seriously' at running for Portman's Senate seat Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial Skepticism reigns as Biden, McConnell begin new era MORE (D-Mass.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetLawmakers move to oust extremists from military Top Democrat pushes for tying unemployment insurance to economic conditions 50-50 Senate opens the door to solutions outlasting Trump's moment of violence MORE (D-Colo.).

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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell: Power-sharing deal can proceed after Manchin, Sinema back filibuster Justice watchdog to probe whether officials sought to interfere with election Capitol insurrection fallout: A PATRIOT Act 2.0? 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 TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency 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 McConnellSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses McConnell: Power-sharing deal can proceed after Manchin, Sinema back filibuster Budowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit MORE (R-Ky.) to discuss next month's schedule and negotiate a resolution to set rules and parameters for it.