Indiana senators Braun, Young talk impeachment proceedings ahead of vote

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind., (WTWO/WAWV)– Sen. Mike Braun shared his thoughts about the progress of the impeachment trial during a conference call Tuesday.

Braun said the proceedings have been interesting, and he is prepared to vote on whether or not to acquit President Trump or to find him guilty of the impeachable offenses.

In his opinion. there has been no progress in the impeachment proceedings since they began in December. He is hopeful that the majority will vote in favor of acquitting President Trump.

Sen. Braun said he hopes this will lead to a new beginning for lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

“I think we will now turn the page to talking about policy, the things I came here for,” Braun said. “I think that’s where the case is going to be made in a way that’s really going to resonate with the American public. We’ve got a lot of room to work with. Big problems, healthcare, infrastructure. Climate. I think tomorrow is basically a foregone conclusion.”

President Trump will address the nation in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Braun said he believes the President will focus on the issues that matter most to the American public.

Sen. Todd Young also said he would vote to acquit:

As a United States Senator, I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and serve as an impartial juror. After hearing all counsel arguments and reviewing all evidence in the record, including 17 witnesses, 192 witness video clips, and 28,578 pages of evidence, procedural rules, and Constitutional concerns, I will vote to acquit the President.

“I have worked to remain impartial and open-minded throughout this trial, but it must be acknowledged that a political fever permeated this process from the beginning – dating back not just to the start of the House of Representatives’ impeachment efforts, but all the way back to November 2016.  

“The House’s rushed impeachment process denied the President due process, and House Managers failed to meet their heavy burden of proof to remove a president from office and from future ballots.

“During President Nixon’s impeachment, then Democratic Chairman Peter Rodino of the House Judiciary Committee urged that for the American people to accept an impeachment, it must be powerfully bipartisan. This has been dubbed the Rodino rule, and I embrace the standard.

“This week, Americans begin the presidential election process. It’s time for the Senate to resume its legislative work on behalf of the American people, and to allow the voters to register their opinions about this administration in the coming election. The Founding Fathers, who warned of the political nature of impeachment, also provided us a means to address dissatisfaction with our Presidents: frequent elections.”

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