Chief Justice John Roberts did the honors swearing in the 100 senators who will serve as the jury in the trial of President Donald Trump starting on Tuesday. But, 21-years ago, former President Bill Clinton sat in the same hot seat. Now, a former senator who strongly considered voting against his political party is taking on what it means to be impartial.
Then Sen. Bob Graham, (D-FL), told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that while he ultimately voted against removing Clinton from office, he claimed he was a fair juror.
“I concluded that while the act was highly inappropriate particularly for the President of the United States,” Graham said, “that it did not rise to the level of a high crime or misdemeanor, which was the standard for impeachment.”
While Republicans hold a majority in the senate in this impeachment trial, Grahman told the Dayton Beach that it was not a “quick dismissal.”
“The members of today’s Senate, like the one I was in,” Graham said, “have to take the constitutional standard of responsibly determining what is a high crime or misdemeanor very seriously and based on the evidence that is brought to the Senate.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-FL), appears to mirror Graham, saying he looks for answers to two questions.
“Did the president commit treason, bribery, and/or a high crime or misdemeanor as meant by Constitution?” Rubio said. “And does the president’s conduct rise to a level warranting his removal, or is it best left for voters to decide?”
Sen. Rick Scott, (R-FL), is taking a hard-line approach to the trial and called it a “circus.” Twenty Republicans would have to break ranks to remove Trump from office.