But in several appearances on TV in 1998 and 1999, reviewed by CNN KFile,Schumer noted that the Senator has been previously formed opinion into the trial, the Senate”as a jury box.” Schumer was selected for the Senate in 1998, after is said in his activities, the voting, he would vote not to impeach Clinton.
Spokesman for Schumer told CNN the e-mail last Friday that his statement to after the end of the Starr investigation.
“These quotes all came after the Starr investigation, including the key witness’s testimony, including President Clinton, concluded and disclosed for months. Schumer is in a abnormal position has a vote of impeachment in the House Judiciary Committee and on the House floor,”his spokesman said. “As reflected in these quotes, showin the default is after, and still think now, all the facts must be allowed to come out, and then a decision can be made–in stark contrast to the Republicans today in the House of Representatives and the Senate had to prevent all the facts and evidence come out.”
“This is completely different from the one the jury”
Speaking on CNN’s”Larry King Live”in January 1999, Schumer said a trial in the Senate is not like a jury box.
“We have a pre-opinion,”Schumer said, citing his own and the two newly elected Republican senators voted on impeachment in 1998 as a member of the House of Representatives who say they will vote in the Senate. “This is not a criminal trial, but it was the Founding Fathers decided to put in a mechanism, it is vulnerable to the impulses of politics.”
“Therefore, any person under oath tomorrow can be foreseen; it is not a jury,”The King asked Schumer.
“Many do,”Schumer responded. “And then they change. In fact, it might as well be a jury in this sense, people will call us and lobby US. You don’t have to jury members called lobbying and stuff like that. I mean, this is completely different to a jury. We are also the judges.”
A day later, the Republican National Committee attacked Mr. Schumer in a press release, for previous observations in the home say there is no basis for impeachment.
“No self-respecting jury would allow someone to have formed an opinion of guilt or innocence of the defendant,”and then RNC Chairman Jim Nicholson said,”but Chuck Schumer has loudly proclaimed that he is pre-judging the case. He has announced that he decided that the President should not be impeached, much less removed from office.”
Schumer responded to the RNC press release on NBC’s”meet the press”a few days after.
“The Republican National Committee said in a statement that you are a House member on the Judiciary Committee, you announced that you will not impeach the President of the United States,”host Tim Russert asked. “So, you are not impartial juror in the Senate, and should recuse himself.”
Schumer responded to the Senate is not a judicial body.
“Right,”Schumer said. “Okay, first of all, I find it strange that the three of us had to take the position, because our position in the home and then-Senator Bunning, members of Parliament offline map and navigation is here and on my own. They criticize me that I have not mentioned the other two, who had also taken a position. However, let us remember this, Tim: the Founding Fathers-the wisdom of the just knocks my socks of every day, it really does-set the process is the Senate not in the Supreme Court, rather than in some jurisdictions.”
“Every day, for example, hundreds of people give us a call on the Church and we on one side and the other. You can’t do with a jury”, he said. “The standards are different. It should be a little justice and a little bit of legal-political. This is how it is.”
In his race to the Senate in 1998, Schumer opposed the impeachment of Lynton and attacks his Republican opponent, Sen. Al D’amato,to not take positions on issues.
“I came to the conclusion that it did not rise to the felony and misdemeanor standard, there should not be impeachment,”Mr. Schumer in a debate with D’amato. “Now the voters know my view. I have done the public, not the Senate. I will, they can judge me.”
“Advice, I should take your position now before the facts ever presented to us that will absolutely be inappropriate. It would be wrong,”replied D’Amato.
“Every New Yorker know where I stand on this issue, I think this is an important thing to let them know before they vote for one of us,”Mr. Schumer in another debate. “Now how about Congressman D’amato? Can you believe what he has to say on this issue, even though they said?”
“Senator D’amato is the only person in the United States has no opinion on the matter,”Mr. Schumer. “He should have told New Yorkers that his position, as his past actions show we can’t trust him to do what is fair, rather than what to do parties. How can we trust Senator D’Amato to do the right thing on the bomb, he does not tell us how he feels when time and time again he does not tell us the truth?”
Said he made up his mind in 1998
At the time of the vote to remove Clinton, Schumer announced in a News Journal op-ed, he would vote not guilty.