Sen. Blackburn says Tennesseans are tired of impeachment as House prepares for vote
The House of Representatives is preparing for a Wednesday vote to impeach President Donald Trump. It would make him only the third president in the nation's history to be formally impeached, but the process doesn't end with the House vote.
Preparations are underway in the Senate too. If the House votes to impeach, the resolution will go to the Senate for a trial.
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As Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calls for subpoenas of key White House staff, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who represents Chattanooga, hopes to hear from key Democratic witnesses.
"Hearing from Adam Schiff's staff and hearing about their participation with the whistleblower, that's natural,” Blackburn said. “That's something people are curious about. Was this a group project or was it one person?"
So far, Blackburn is unconvinced by the evidence presented in the House, saying she's ready to move on to other legislation.
"It is important, but the President did not commit an impeachable offense,” Blackburn said.
She believes her constituents here in Tennessee are with her.
"They say 'we want you to focus on things that are important to us.' Tennessee's economy is in great shape, people are getting raises, they're getting annual bonuses,” Blackburn said.
We did ask Senator Blackburn about the call with Ukranian President Zelensky at the center of the impeachment inquiry. When asked if President Trump did anything inappropriate, she said, "there are people that do not like Donald Trump, and they're going to find fault with anything he does."
We further asked if Blackburn found any fault, and she repeated her response.
Amid the impeachment drama, other key votes are due in the house this week.
"All the talk is about impeachment, but we have passed the National Defense Authorization Act, it's very important to Tennessee. We're going to vote on the USMCA, very important to Tennessee,” Blackburn said.
The House hopes to rush those votes through, so the Senate can vote before the end of the legislative session. If impeachment passes in that flurry of votes, the Senate plans for a trial in the new year.