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Klobuchar's Ukraine 'Global Watergate' Comparison Is Beyond Pathetic

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As the Democrats continue with their push to impeach President Donald Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, polling has continually revealed the American people strongly oppose their partisan witch hunt. With the Iowa Caucuses only a few months away, 2020 Democrats are focused on making their way across the Hawkeye State to meet with voters. But as things in Washington continue to heat up, it's becoming more and more likely that the senators running for president – Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) – are going to have to leave the campaign trail to take part in formal impeachment proceedings. 

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But, according to Klobuchar, Congress has a Constitutional obligation to move forward with impeachment. She cited the Founding Fathers' concerns as her reasoning.

"The first obligation is a Constitutional one. We don't have a choice. This is something where the Founding Fathers themselves – James Madison said – the reason we needed impeachment provisions is that he feared that a president would betray the trust of the American people to a foreign power. That's why this is proceeding," Klobuchar told MSNBC's Chuck Todd. "I see it simply as a 'global Watergate.'"

Klobuchar compared the Watergate scandal to Trump's call with Zelensky, saying Nixon told his people to break into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters to get dirt on his opponent in the same way Trump orchestrated getting dirt on his opponents "on a global basis."

"Yes, it's a public trial and the public will be able to reach their own decisions, but in the end, it's our Constitutional obligation and I can do two things at once," she said, clearly referencing campaigning in Iowa while taking part in impeachment proceedings.

"I see this as part of a bigger pattern. He betrays the trust of the American people. He puts private interests, he puts business interests, he puts his partisan political interests in front of our country," she explained. "That's what people get."

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Klobuchar said Trump's "partisan political interests" are the reason the president has held rallies for Republicans in toss-up states, like Kentucky and Louisiana. 

But the most ridiculous statement she made was that the American people got to see what took place in the during the House investigation, which she believes "was conducted fairly."

"It was all in public in the last week," Klobuchar said. "People got to see people like Lt. Col. Vindman, who made the American point to his dad that, hey, this is a country where you can tell the truth. I think it's important that it's fair and that we get a result."

Earth to Klobuchar. Come in Amy. 

Where have you been?! Have you somehow missed the fact that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has been holding closed-door, basement depositions with people in relation to this impeachment inquiry? Have you not heard your Republican colleagues object to the way this so-called "investigation" has been handled? From the get-go Schiff has been shady. Things were done behind closed doors and on a partisan basis. Republican members had absolutely no say in things. They couldn't call their own witnesses or issue subpoenas. Only Democrats could. Now they're backpedaling and allowing Republicans to issue subpoenas... but House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NJ) has to approve the request, which is highly unlikely.

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