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Booker: It would be 'constitutionally dangerous' not to conduct full Trump impeachment trial

Booker: It would be 'constitutionally dangerous' not to conduct full Trump impeachment trial
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Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerObama says reparations 'justified' Congressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill MORE (D-N.J.) said Sunday that the Senate has an “obligation” to conduct President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE’s second impeachment trial even after he leaves office.

Asked to respond to Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonSunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues The Memo: CPAC fires starting gun on 2024 Democrats scramble to rescue minimum wage hike MORE’s (R-Ark.) claim that a post-presidency trial is unconstitutional, Booker responded, “I believe it is constitutionally dangerous not to proceed.”

“We just had a president of the United States try to undermine the peaceful transition of power. Try to challenge a fair and free election, and him and his agents, in the moments before from his son to his lawyer, whipping up a crowd to go attack the Capitol,” he added. “So, I believe fundamentally the Senate has an obligation to act.”

Asked about a specific timeline for the trial, Booker responded said that “there's some frustrations about getting timelines set” within the Senate.

“You need the Republican leader to cooperate in terms of time agreements. But I fully expect it to happen as quickly as possible. And I think what else is going to happen is that we're going to be able to do a lot of things at once. I think we should,” he continued. “If we can get the time agreements from our Republican leader, we can actually hold impeachment trials as well as do other urgently critical things like getting key national security personnel confirmed as well.”

The House voted last week to impeach Trump over his role in the deadly rioting at the U.S. Capitol, making him the only president to be impeached twice. 

Senate Democrats are hoping to conduct his trial as swiftly as possible to avoid slowing the start of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE’s new administration.  Republicans, however, have yet to show they will cooperate.