Democratic presidential candidate Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE said in an interview broadcast early Monday that he would vote to remove 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 from office in the upcoming impeachment trial if he were a member of the Senate.
The former New York City mayor told NBC News that the evidence collected by House Democrats convinced him that Trump had acted “inappropriately” and that he would vote to convict the president, who has been accused of abusing his power and obstructing Congress.
“I was asked if I were a senator, how would I vote? And I’d have to swallow two or three times, but I would say I would vote to convict because there’s just so much evidence that he acted inappropriately,” Bloomberg told NBC’s Craig Melvin on the “Today” show.
At the same time, Bloomberg said that he believed impeachment generally is “not good” and that voters should decide who is the president.
“I think that impeachment is a political process. It’s not good. We’d be much better off letting the voters decide who is president in this country,” Bloomberg told NBC. “But the president’s actions eventually, as information came out, it convinced me that he should be impeached and that this should be a fair trial.”
“I would say I would vote to impeach, vote to convict, because there’s just so much evidence that he acted inappropriately.” @MikeBloomberg on how he’d advise senators involved in President Trump’s impeachment trial pic.twitter.com/bxTn7PTour
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 20, 2020
The Democrat-controlled House voted in December to approve two articles of impeachment against Trump. The charges center on a July 25 phone call during which Trump asked Ukraine’s president to look into the dealings of 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 and his son Hunter as well as a debunked theory that Kyiv, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election.
Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine, describing the phone call as “perfect.” Trump’s attorneys on Saturday denied the allegations of wrongdoing by Trump and argued that the charges themselves do not amount to impeachable offenses and therefore violate the Constitution.
Trump’s legal team accused House Democrats of a “brazen and unlawful attempt” to overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election.
A number of senators participating in the impeachment trial are either current or former candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination, including Sens. 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.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.). Warren has already said she’s seen enough evidence to convict Trump, though the others — while they have been critical of the president and expressed support for impeachment — have been quiet about how they may vote.
The Senate trial is set to begin in earnest on Tuesday, as the chamber debates and votes on a resolution laying out the rules.
Bloomberg’s remarks to NBC come after the president has criticized the former mayor on Twitter.
Trump tweeted Sunday that “Mini Mike Bloomberg” is “against” the Second Amendment, after the former mayor remarked that is the job of law enforcement, not average citizens, to decide when to shoot a gunman posing a threat to others.
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