President Donald Trump claimed Friday that the impeachment trial against him is an attempt to rig the upcoming 2020 election against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
The president highlighted the importance of the upcoming Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3, which is the first nominating contest in the Democratic presidential primaries, in a post on Twitter. During the impeachment trial, Sanders and three other senators who are seeking their partys nomination will have to attend the trial in Washington for six days each week and wont be able to use electronic devices.
Trump suggested Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was attempting to aid the 2020 candidacy of former Vice President Joe Biden by timing the impeachment trial to keep Sanders, Sen. Elizbeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) from campaigning on the ground.
“They are rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders, just like last time, only even more obviously,” Trump wrote. “They are bringing him out of so important Iowa in order that, as a Senator, he sit through” the trial, giving Biden a “strong edge,” Trump added.
Pelosi has repeatedly denied that politics was a factor in considering impeachment against Trump. She and other Democrats said they withheld the articles of impeachment from the Senate to secure a more fair trial.
“This isnt about politics at all. This is about patriotism. Its not about partisanship. Its about honoring our oath of office,” she said in December during a CNN town hall.
On Thursday, after all 100 senators were sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts, Sanders told reporters that he is worried about losing time ahead of the Iowa caucuses. The New Hampshire primary is just eight days after the Iowa caucuses.
“I would rather be in Iowa today. Theres a caucus there in two-and-a-half weeks. Id rather be in New Hampshire and Nevada and so forth. But I swore a constitutional oath as a United States senator to do my job and Im here to do my job,” he said.
Sanderss campaign has not responded to a request for comment.
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