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Bloomberg Would Cast Vote to Convict Trump in Impeachment Trial

By    |   Monday, 20 January 2020 07:35 AM EST

Impeachment is "not good" as it's a "political process," Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg said in an interview that aired Monday, but he became convinced that President Donald Trump should be impeached as more information about his actions surfaced.

Further, the former New York City mayor told NBC's Craig Melvin that if he were in the Senate, he'd vote to convict the president.

"We'd be much better off letting the voters decide who is president in this country," Bloomberg told Melvin. " 

However, Bloomberg added that Trump's actions, "eventually as information came out, it convinced me that he should be impeached and that there should be a fair trial."

"I'd have to swallow two or three times, but I'd say I would vote to convict because there's just so much evidence he acted inappropriately," he said.

The Bloomberg interview aired after Trump slammed him on Twitter Sunday for his criticism of Jack Wilson, the armed volunteer security guard who stopped the Dec. 29 shooting at a Tarrant County, Texas, church.

"Now Mini Mike Bloomberg is critical of Jack Wilson, who saved perhaps hundreds of people in a Church because he was carrying a gun, and knew how to use it," Trump tweeted Sunday. "Jack quickly killed the shooter, who was beginning a rampage. Mini is against the 2nd A. His ads are Fake, just like him!"

Earlier this month, Bloomberg told an audience in Montgomery, Alabama, that "it may be true that someone in the congregation had his own gun and killed the person who murdered two other people, but it's the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot," the former mayor said earlier this month, reports The Hill. "You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun in a crowded place."

During the Monday interview, Bloomberg said he decided to run after looking at the other Democrats in the field and thinking that none of them could beat Trump, and that some "would also guarantee his re-election."

Bloomberg defended himself against criticism from Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, both competitors for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, that he's using his billions of dollars to buy his nomination.

"They're not saying they're not going to spend money. They will spend every dime they can get," said Bloomberg. "The difference is, I'm spending the money that I made," he said.

"JFK was a millionaire, George Washington was a millionaire, Roosevelt was a millionaire. We have a history of wealthy people in — and I think those three are pretty good presidents, so you can't say it gives you bad presidents, at least not in those cases."

The interview was conducted during a campaign stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he outlined a plan to increase the number of black-owned homes and businesses.

Sandy Fitzgerald

Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics. 

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Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg told NBC in a new interview that if he was in the Senate, he would vote to convict President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial.
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Monday, 20 January 2020 07:35 AM
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