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 Jean KlobucharSanders opens up 15-point lead in New Hampshire: Poll Poll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests Support for Biden, Sanders ticks up nationally: poll 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 BluntThe Hill's Morning Report - Bolton charge ups ante in witness showdown Trump team doubles down despite Bolton bombshell Bolton upends Trump impeachment trial  MORE (R-Mo.), the chairman of the committee, about the restrictions.


"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 McConnellTrump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims GOP confident of win on witnesses Collins Senate bid threatens to spark GOP rift in Georgia MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet Senate Democrats' super PAC raised million in 2019 As the mental health crisis grows, Puerto Ricans need long-term care MORE (D-N.Y.).