On Wednesday, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said Democratic senators who are running for president in 2020 should recuse themselves from the imminent Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are among the four Blackburn believes have a vested political interest in seeing President Trump removed from office, a conflict of interest in them seeking justice.
“Tomorrow one hundred United States Ssnators will be sworn in to serve in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Four of those senators must recuse themselves for their unparalleled political interest in seeing this president removed from office,” Blackburn said.
Prior to the trial, Senators must take the following oath:
I solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of [Donald Trump], now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.
Blackburn believes Sens. Bennet, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren would not be able to take the oath of “impartial justice” due to their presidential ambitions.
“To participate in this trial would be a failure of the oath they took to be an ‘impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws’. Their presidential ambitions prohibit their ability to view this trial through an objective lens,” Blackburn said.
While the oath doesn’t require impartiality toward Trump, either for or against, it does require impartial justice. This would not be possible for candidates who gain politically and personally from Trump’s political demise.
The motivation behind this entire impeachment farce is to politically damage Trump and reduce the likelihood he wins reelection in November 2020. Democrats have already confessed that the process is a political one, motivated not by crimes Trump has committed but Democrats disliking his policies. It would be insane to believe that Democrats who are running for president in the very same election as Trump could participate in “impartial justice” and would abide by a different standard than the rest of the Democratic Party.
All four of the 2020 Democratic candidates and current senators said before the formal impeachment hearings that Trump should be impeached. Warren said she fully supports impeaching Trump and wanted to impeach during the Robert Mueller investigation. The results of the Mueller investigation concluded Trump did not commit high crimes or misdemeanors.