Klobuchar says Senate impeachment trial of former official is constitutional: ‘We have precedent’
BY JOSEPH CHOI – 01/24/21 10:26 AM EST
“It is constitutional. We have precedent from way back when a secretary of War was tried after he had left office. And, obviously, there was a remedy that would help in the future, which would ban former President Trump from running again,” replied Klobuchar.
The senator was likely referring to War Secretary William Belknap, who was accused of accepting kickbacks from political appointees in 1876. Belknap resigned before his trial began, but the Senate at the time had agreed that they held jurisdiction to impeach government officials who had left office.
Stephanopoulos on Sunday also asked Klobuchar whether or not there is enough support among GOP senators for Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial to result in a conviction.
“My colleagues have not yet committed about what they’re going to do,” Klobuchar said, pointing to a recent New York Times article that reported Trump had attempted to oust and replace acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen in an attempt to overturn the Georgia election results.
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