Young Won't Take Position On Trump Impeachment

Dec 17, 2019

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), left, says he’ll be a “conscientious U.S. senator" if a vote to remove President Donald Trump from office reaches the Senate. U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), right, seemed to indicate he's made up his mind.
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U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) won’t say whether he’d vote to remove President Donald Trump from office.

Trump is widely expected to be impeached by the U.S. House this week. Under the rules of impeachment, the U.S. Senate should then hold a trial before a vote on whether to remove the president from office.

Young won’t tip his hand right now – he only says he’ll be a “conscientious U.S. senator.”

“Do my job, review the factual record, apply it against what I regard is the appropriate standard of high crimes and misdemeanor,” Young says.

Young’s Hoosier colleague, Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), went on MSNBC to discuss impeachment, which he calls an “orchestrated … foregone conclusion.” Braun seemed to indicate he’s already made up his mind – in favor of acquitting the president.

“It’s not like we haven’t heard a lot about it and I think that’s why, why belabor it?" Braun says. "I know most Hoosiers are disappointed we’re not doing other stuff.”

Braun says questions about impartiality should be asked of Democratic senators who are running for president.

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