Senate Democrat Says 'Gaps' In House's Impeachment Case Could Lead to Acquittal

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Posted: Dec 23, 2019 12:45 PM
Senate Democrat Says 'Gaps' In House's Impeachment Case Could Lead to Acquittal

Source: AP Photo/Kim Chandler

Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) said on Sunday that while the allegations presented against President Trump in the two impeachment articles are serious, the House Democrats' case has some "gaps."

"If the President of the United States is using his office and the power of the presidency against a country that is dependent upon the United States of America, and is doing that to withhold aid...If he’s doing that just to get a political advantage for his own personal campaign, that is a serious, serious matter," Jones said during his interview on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

Jones said he has been reading up on the case since he was not watching House hearings all the time.

"I have been trying to read this. I'm trying to see if the dots get connected. To if that is the case, I think it’s a serious matter and an impeachable matter. But if those dots aren’t connected and there are other explanations that I think are consistent with innocence, I will go that way too," he said. "I've got to make sure — what I really want to see though is to fill in the gaps, there are gaps. Now people can make up their mind with gaps and testimony, but I would like to see a full and complete picture, and we don’t have that because the president has refused to have his people come and testify and deliver documents."

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is holding on to the two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, House Democrats passed "until we know what sort of trial the Senate will conduct."

Jones, who is up for re-election in 2020, said he is more concerned about upholding his oath of office than his seat if he decides to vote to convict Trump.

"This is a much more serious matter than that. This has to do with the future of the presidency, and how we want our presidents to conduct themselves, and it has all to do with the future of the Senate, and how a Senate should handle impeachment, articles of impeachment that come over," he said.