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Tags: Trump Impeachment | joelieberman | democrats | corruption | senate

Joe Lieberman: Trump 'Inappropriate,' Not Impeachable

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Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. in 2018 (Photo by Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Sunday, 02 February 2020 08:43 AM

President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine might have been "inappropriate," they were not impeachable, according to former Democratic Vice President-nominee Joe Lieberman.

"The call that President Trump made with President [Volodymyr] Zelenskiy of Ukraine was inappropriate, was wrong, it shouldn't have been done," Lieberman told The Blaze.

"But did it reach the point where we can say nine months before an election," Lieberman said, adding, "that, if we keep him in office, he represents a danger to the country? I don't think so."

Democrats might have damaged their case for urgency by expediting the articles of impeachment before Christmas and then waiting about a month to deliver them to the Senate, showing they truly did not feel Trump was an imminent danger to the office.

"Leave it to the people in November," Lieberman continued to The Blaze. "In other words, impeachment, as our framers intended, I believe was not meant to be punitive, to punish you either criminally or by taking you out of office."

"It was meant to protect the country until the next election — and the closer it is to an election, the higher the threshold to convicting somebody, a president, and removing him from office."

Lieberman, who had left the Democratic Party to become Independent, does disagree with Senate Republicans for failing to back hearing from addition witnesses, however.

"I'd probably vote for witnesses," he told The Blaze.

Still, Lieberman called acquittal a "fair conclusion" and told The Blaze, if founders James Madison and Alexander Hamilton were alive they would conclude: "This is what we intended."

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President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine might have been "inappropriate," they were not impeachable, according to former Democratic Vice President-nominee Joe Lieberman."The call that President Trump...
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