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

Greg Nash

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang 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 Sanders (I-Vt.) and Cory Booker (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 Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (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 Trump’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 McConnell (R-Ky.) to discuss next month’s schedule and negotiate a resolution to set rules and parameters for it.

Tags Amy Klobuchar Andrew Yang Bernie Sanders Charles Schumer Cory Booker Donald Trump Elizabeth Warren Impeachment Michael Bennet Mitch McConnell

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