Wisconsin senators swore an oath of impartial justice, but how are they approaching impeachment?
The U.S. Senate will begin the impeachment trial for President Donald Trump on Tuesday, and senators from Wisconsin have taken different approaches to the impending vote on whether to remove the president from office.
Both senators took an oath to do impartial justice this week, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, reiterated that in a statement to News 3 Now.
“I take this responsibility very seriously, and my judgment in the Senate impeachment trial will be guided by putting country before party and our Constitution first,” she wrote.
I took an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution, and today I took an oath to do impartial justice. I take this responsibility very seriously, and my judgment in the Senate impeachment trial will be guided by putting country before party and our Constitution first. pic.twitter.com/aD4tMxXT89
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) January 16, 2020
Baldwin has encouraged including witnesses in the trial, a sticking point that delayed the articles of impeachment from being sent to the Senate immediately after passing the U.S. House of Representatives before Christmas.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, said he would “listen with an open mind” during the trial, but he said he sees “nothing impeachable” from what he’s seen.
“The House did a pretty sloppy job,” he said in an interview Thursday. “These are highly-flawed articles of impeachment.”
He implied he does not support adding witnesses to the trial, saying, “It’s not the Senate’s job to go dig up addition information the House didn’t take the time to find.”
Witnesses were subpoenaed for the House’s impeachment inquiry, but did not comply at the direction of the White House.
— Ron Johnson (@RonJohnsonWI) January 15, 2020
Johnson campaigned for Trump at a rally in Milwaukee last week. He praised the work the president has done and called for four more years of the administration.
The latest Marquette Poll shows 40 percent of Wisconsinites believe the president should be impeached and removed, while 52 percent do not. About 6 percent were undecided.
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