Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) disputed a report that claimed the senator suggested she might vote to acquit President Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.
If true, Feinstein, 86, would have been the first Democrat to suggest a vote to acquit Trump.
A Los Angeles Times article stated, “Feinstein suggests she is leaning toward acquitting Trump in the impeachment trial.” The article was widely circulated before Feinstein issued a statement on social media disputing the report.
“The LA Times misunderstood what I said today. Before the trial I said Id keep an open mind. Now that both sides made their cases, its clear the presidents actions were wrong,” Feinstein stated.
“He withheld vital foreign assistance for personal political gain. That cant be allowed to stand.”
The LA Times misunderstood what I said today. Before the trial I said Id keep an open mind. Now that both sides made their cases, its clear the presidents actions were wrong. He withheld vital foreign assistance for personal political gain. That cant be allowed to stand.
— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 28, 2020
Feinstein also shared a post by Alayna Treene, a reporter with Axios.
“I think the @latimes has this story backwards. I was the reporter who asked @SenFeinstein these questions. She told me she was initially going to vote against impeachment before this but when I asked her to clarify, she said shes changed her opinion,” Treene wrote.
Treene released a transcript of Feinsteins remarks to reporters, including where Feinstein said that she “was going to vote against it.”
Asked what she was going to vote against, Feinstein said: “Impeachment. Before this.”
“But the problem with it is, it is such a window that opens you to the thinking of the man in charge. That is rather profound, that he could do this, and pick up the phone and call the head of another country, in a war, and we supported that other country with almost $400 million, and the other countrys Russia, and this country is Ukraine, and theyre an ally, and what does that say?” she added.
Here is the transcription of audio. Definitely a remarkable conversation with Senator Feinstein, but my interpretation is not that she is leaning toward acquitting the president pic.twitter.com/NpAhFHRukA
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) January 28, 2020
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