Doug Jones says impeachment must be above electoral politics
Jones was asked if he might be one of the Democrats that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he believes will defect from the party in a vote to acquit the president. “I have no idea what Mitch McConnell’s talking about these days,” he said.
Jones said he needs a “full and complete picture,” for his decision, including documents and testimony the White House has blocked.
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said he wants both sides to have a fair chance at making their case before a vote in an impeachment trial.
“We can obsess on this impeachment. We can obsess on the trial. But what I’m trying to do is I’m trying to get the American people the truth of what all happened,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “ Something very strange has happened. You got 40, 45 percent of the American public that completely support the president. That support is strengthening. Forty, 45 percent that really don’t — obviously, you know, he’s not their cup of tea — let’s put it that way. Ten to 20 percent of the American people in the middle are just asking what was going on. I’m trying to answer those questions.”
Jones said he is still waiting to “see if the dots get connected” on Trump withholding military aid in Ukraine in exchange for investigations into his political rivals.
“If that is the case, then I think it’s a serious matter and it’s an impeachable matter. But if those dots aren’t connected and there are other explanations that I think are consistent with innocence, I will go that way, too,” he said.