Klobuchar on impeachment: 'This is a global Watergate'

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) labeled President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s dealings with Ukraine as a “global Watergate” and called on him to allow administration officials to testify in the Senate’s impeachment trial.

“This is a global Watergate. In the case of Watergate, a paranoid president facing election looked for dirt on a political opponent. He did it by getting people to break in. This president did it by calling a political leader to look for dirt on a political opponent,” Klobuchar said at the 2020 Democratic primary debate Thursday in Los Angeles.

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The House on Wednesday voted to pass two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — over Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. House Democrats allege that the president pressured Kyiv to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, a chief political rival, and obstructed justice by ordering staffers to defy congressional subpoenas. 

The vote sets up a trial in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) are struggling to hammer out a deal as to the formal of the proceedings.

The central divide between the two parties revolves around if the Senate should pressure the White House to send officials to testify, with the GOP saying they seek a quick trial without witnesses and Democrats saying testimony is necessary for a fair trial. 


Klobuchar pushed the White House to agree to send acting White House Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump names new acting director of legislative affairs 12 things to know today about coronavirus Mulvaney: ‘We’ve overreacted a little bit’ to coronavirus MORE and former National Security adviser John BoltonJohn Bolton Lawyer says Bolton moving forward with book despite warning from White House White House tells Bolton his manuscript contains classified information The Hill’s Morning Report – Capitol Hill weighs action on racial justice as protests carry on MORE to the Senate, both of whom are believed to have intimate knowledge of the administration’s dealings with Ukraine, including its decision to temporarily withhold nearly $400 million in military aid to the country. 

“And I would make this case. As we face this trial in the Senate, if the president claims that he is so innocent, then why doesn’t he have all the president’s men testify?” Klobuchar asked.

“If president Trump thinks that he should not be impeached, he should be not scared to put forward his own witnesses.”

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