Can senators who have already voiced opinions do 'impartial justice' at Trump impeachment trial?
Added 01-20-20 01:11:02am EST - “The oath is administered any time the Senate considers impeachment. Previous trials show lawmakers have used their own judgment to follow its intent.” - News.yahoo.com
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WASHINGTON – Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, has said she's ready to convict President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial that starts next week. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. is a staunch ally of the president who has called the charges a "sham."
On Thursday, they joined the chamber's 98 other senators in taking a constitutionally required oath "to do impartial justice according to the Constitutions and laws" in the impeachment trial of Trump over his attempts to get Ukraine to publicly investigate political rival Joe Biden.
But can Hirono, Graham and many of the other senators who have expressed strong views about the president's conduct really be unbiased? And can they be punished if they betray that oath?
It takes at least two-thirds of the Senate, or 67 votes, to convict Trump on the two charges filed by the House – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – and remove him from office. Nobody expects that to happen in the GOP-controlled Senate where Republicans occupy 53 of the 100 seats.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has made it clear he's not pretending to be objective in what will be only the third impeachment trial of a president ever held in the Senate.
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