It would be “illegal” for President Donald Trump to accept information about his political rivals from Russia or any other foreign country, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, also a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said Friday.
“You can’t take things of value from a foreign country and use them in your campaign,” the Minnesota lawmaker told CNN’s “New Day,” while responding to Trump’s comments that he would listen if he was offered dirt on other candidates. “He is actually putting himself out there, and sending out the signals, once again, just like he did in the 2016 election, about dirt on Hillary Clinton, it means that he is engaging in this same kind of behavior.”
Klobuchar said she’d support an impeachment proceeding, “beginning now” against Trump, but she does understand that the House needs to be given the time it needs to do its investigations leading up to that.
“The point is, you have the obstruction of justice, which I think you’ve seen a bit of again today with what he said about Don McGahn, but you also have going on this interference in our election, where he is blatantly engaging in.”
She also commented on a call from an independent watchdog agency for presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway to be fired because of repeated violations of the Hatch Act.
“Sometimes people make one mistake,” but with Conway, “it was a repeated pattern of behavior, and basically flaunting it,” said Klobuchar. “She knows what the Hatch Act says. She is a smart person and she is keeping on doing it to see what they can do, and it is part of the lawlessness that you see in the Trump administration.”