Sen. Boozman discusses impeachment as trial approaches

Sen. Boozman on impeachment trial proceedings

WASHINGTON (KAIT/GRAY DC) - As Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) prepares to send articles of impeachment to the Senate, the members of the Senate are sharing their thoughts on the upcoming trial.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi met privately Tuesday at the Capitol with her Democratic caucus to discuss the timetable.

The House voted 228-193 to send the articles to the Senate on Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened the Senate on Tuesday scoffing at the House's “bizarro” impeachment strategy.

He meets later with Republican senators on terms of the trial.

Trump is charged with abuse of power for pushing Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden as he withheld aid to Ukraine.

Trump is also charged with obstructing Congress’ probe. He has denied wrongdoing. Senators from both sides of the aisle are speaking with Gray DC about their role as the jury in the upcoming impeachment trial.

Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) said he was disappointed in the House process, but believes things will be fairer in the Senate.

“I think you can expect a fair process. I was very disappointed in the process in the house. I don’t think it was fair at all. There were a number of members over there talking about impeaching the president almost as soon as he was elected,” Boozman said.

When he was asked if he wanted to see witnesses called in the trial, Boozman said he did not know.

However, he said the Senate is trying to use the same procedure used during President Clinton’s impeachment when it comes to witnesses.

U.S./China trade agreement

Sen. Boozman also spoke Wednesday about the trade agreement signed Wednesday between the United States and China.

Boozman, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said the agreement will provide a key first step on the issue.

“What we want is a system where we don’t have free trade, we have fair trade, that’s equal on both sides. I really think the President and the Chinese have worked really hard on this,” Sen. Boozman said. “It’s not perfect, there’s gonna be more in the future, but I do think this is a great step in the right direction.”

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