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Schumer to Sanders, Warren: Impeachment Comes Before Nomination Race

The clock to Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial is speeding up. The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, introduced Articles of Impeachment on Tuesday morning. The House is set to vote quickly on the measure and it is expected that the President will be impeached before Christmas Day.

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Following the House vote, the process will move to the Senate, where a trial will be held. Today, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer advised Democratic nomination seekers like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren that the impeachment process must come first.

Along with Sanders and Warren, senators Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar are also seeking the Democratic nomination. Today, Schumer said of those hopefuls, “This (impeachment) has to come first. This is one of the most solemn decisions that anyone has to make and I’ve told all members of my caucus that scheduling concerns are secondary to doing this the right way.”

Sanders is seemingly on board with Schumer’s plans. The Vermont senator tweeted this week, “Once the House proceeds to impeachment, Leader McConnell must quickly schedule a full trial in the Senate, where I will uphold my constitutional responsibility as a juror.”

Warren has issued a similar message. She said back in November, “I have Constitutional responsibilities. I took an oath of office, as did everyone in Congress and part of that oath of office is the basic principle that no one is above the law. That includes the president of the United States. And if the House goes forward and sends an impeachment over to the Senate, then I will be there for the trial.”

 

 



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