Though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has yet to transmit two articles of impeachment her Democrat majority passed last month to the upper chamber, already 2020 Democratic presidential contenders in the Senate are lamenting that a lengthy trial will negatively affect their campaigns.
“If this trial lasts two weeks, that is literally dozens of events we won’t be able to do,” Sen Cory Booker of New Jersey said this week.
The House impeached President Donald Trump December 19, but Pelosi has not yet sent the articles to the Senate for trial, as the Constitution prescribes.
Booker is one of five senators still in the 2020 race; Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) are the others.
“We thought the final hurdles before the Iowa caucuses would just be coordinating field operations, getting precinct captains signed up, all of those things. Well, those things are going great. We’re seeing a surge in Iowa—lots of energy, momentum,” Booker told the Associated Press podcast on Wednesday.
“But God, now we have real, demanding things going on in Washington. I swore an oath to do this job and I’m gonna do it, so that means classified briefings, possible impeachment trials,” he said.
The next Democratic debate is scheduled for Jan. 14. DNC Chairman Tom Perez said it would be moved if senators were called back to Washington for a trial, The Epoch Times reported.
Booker and Bennet haven’t yet qualified for the debate, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren have.
Warren has not said how she would handle a Senate trial, but Sanders — who has amassed a large campaign war chest — has said he would be traveling via private jet to campaign events.
Booker and Klobuchar have mentioned campaigning through video conferences and Skype if they have to remain in Washington, D.C., for a trial.