Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was wrong to say he does not believe an impeachment trial would lead to President Donald Trump's removal from office, as the evidence must be heard before that decision can be made, Sen. Sherrod Brown said Wednesday.
"I don't know for sure how I would vote in a Senate trial," the Ohio Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"I think that Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi has done it right here, but that's for [an] indictment for impeachment. When we do this trial, we look at the evidence, sober mindedly look at the evidence and make the decision."
But McConnell is wrong to say he and the other Republican senators have already made up their minds on the matter, Brown added. "That's just not right," he said.
On Tuesday, McConnell told reporters that if the Senate impeachment trial were being held now, the president would not be found guilty or be removed from office.
"If you're a judge or a jury in a court of law, they sequester juries for a reason," Brown said, adding that judges consider information from the trial itself, not from outside sources.
But for McConnell to "say he's already made up his mind, and so have the other 52 Republican senators and away with it, that's just not right. It's grossly inappropriate, and it's shirking his duties to the constitution."
Brown also said Wednesday it was no shock for Democrats to have won key spots in Kentucky's election, including in its gubernatorial race, as suburban voters are shifting to the blue side of the ballot, meaning trouble for Trump's 2020 campaign.
"It's not just suburbs in the north in Chicago and Cleveland and Milwaukee," he said. "It's suburbs in the south, and it's suburbs in states as conservative as Kentucky."
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