NC candidates for US Senate weigh in on impeachment

North Carolina voters this year will be asked to choose whether to send Thom Tillis back to the US Senate or go with another candidate. The candidates have a range of different views on the impeachment of President Trump.

Nearly a dozen people aim to unseat incumbent Republican Thom Tillis, who remains deeply critical of the impeachment process. After the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of two articles of impeachment against Trump, Tillis pointed the finger at Democrats for running a partisan process.

“Once the Senate trial begins, President Trump will finally be treated fairly and presumed innocent until proven guilty. The Democrats’ attempt to use impeachment as a weapon to settle political scores will not be allowed to become the new normal,” Tillis said in December after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump.

Democrat Cal Cunningham, a former U.S. Army prosecutor, said he was trained to pursue facts, which “included witnesses with direct knowledge of the case and any other relevant evidence.”

“If I were in the Senate, I would be focused on making sure these pieces were part of the trial, and it’s disappointing that Sen. Tillis won’t demand these standards,” Cunningham told CPP. “He’s shown he’s more committed to standing with (U.S. Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell than getting to the truth.”

Democrat Trevor Fuller said he thinks impeachment of Trump is “proper and justified.” However, as a trial lawyer by profession, he said he would pledge to reserve judgment for now.

Were he an elected member of the Senate when the trial takes place, he said, “I would have to pledge to do impartial justice in a trial in the Senate. It seems highly likely that I would convict based on what I’ve seen and heard publicly. ...