Sen. Amy Klobuchar said that the impeachment effort against President Trump and investigation into his dealings with Ukraine has uncovered a “global Watergate.”
Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, the Minnesota Democrat was asked about balancing the likely impeachment and Senate trial of Trump with campaigning for president. Klobuchar said that she was able to balance both but pointed out that she thinks the impeachment process is of utmost importance.
“The first obligation is a constitutional one,” she said. “This is something where the Founding Fathers themselves, James Madison, said that the reason we needed impeachment provisions was that he feared that a president would betray the trust of the American people to a foreign power. That’s why this is proceeding. I see it simply as a global Watergate.”
She spoke about how President Richard Nixon was involved with the 1972 break-in at the Watergate complex where the Democratic headquarters was located. Klobuchar said that, like Nixon, Trump was trying to unduly get “dirt on a political opponent.”
“That’s basically what this president has done on a global basis,” she said.
Klobuchar also said she felt confident that she could campaign for president while playing a role in the impending impeachment.
“Yes, it’s a public trial, and the public will be able to see more, and they’ll be able to reach their own decisions, but in the end, it’s our constitutional obligation and I can do two things at once,” she said.