Klobuchar: Severe press restrictions for impeachment trial would be 'a big mistake'

Klobuchar: Severe press restrictions for impeachment trial would be 'a big mistake'
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBottom line Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP MORE (D-Minn.), a member of the Senate Rules Committee, on Tuesday said that she doesn't support severe press restrictions that are being anticipated for the upcoming Senate impeachment trial.

Members of the press planning to cover the historic events are set to be confined to a single area on the second floor of the building, while access around the Senate subway is also set to be curtailed.

In an interview with CBS's Ed O'Keefe following Tuesday's Democratic debate in Des Moines, the Minnesota senator said that she had spoken with Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntWashington prepares for a summer without interns GOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill Senators weigh traveling amid coronavirus ahead of Memorial Day MORE (R-Mo.), the chairman of the committee, about the restrictions.

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"No, I don't support it, and I have been in contact with both sides on this issue," the senator said. "I made it very clear, I talked to Sen. Blunt about this, I think we should have open access for the press."

"They tried this one other time, when Sen. [Richard] Shelby [R-Ala.] was heading up the Rules Committee, when they tried to restrict the press ... and I opposed it. I was very outspoken," she added.

Klobuchar is the first 2020 candidate to comment on the issue after the Standing Committee of Correspondents, an organization that advocates for Senate reporters, issued a statement earlier in the day blasting the proposed press restrictions.

"Capitol Hill is one of the most accessible places in Washington, but the proposed restrictions exceed those put in place during the State of the Union, Inauguration Day, or even during the Clinton impeachment trial 20 years ago," read the letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRosenstein steps back into GOP crosshairs Biden to deliver remarks in Philadelphia Tuesday on nationwide protests Senate Republicans urge Trump to tone down rhetoric on protests MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerPelosi, Schumer say treatment of protesters outside White House 'dishonors every value that faith teaches us' Is the 'endless frontier' at an end? Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not MORE (D-N.Y.).