Sitting down one-on-one with ABC 6 / FOX 28 on Sunday, Ohio senator Sherrod Brown said he has not yet made up his mind whether to convict and remove President Donald Trump from office, if the current impeachment inquiry ends with articles filed against the commander in chief.
Brown, a staunch progressive Democrat, says his oath of office requires a solemn duty to the facts of the case in impeachment hearings.
"That oath says to do this the proper way. And the proper way is to judge based on the evidence," Brown said. "I want to hear the evidence. I want to see what the President says in his defense."
An impeachment inquiry in the House Intelligence Committee is currently hearing testimony from various witnesses, including ambassadors to Turkey, about a phone call President Trump shared with Prime Minister Erdogan. The inquiry is discussing whether Trump used the promise or withholding of international aid money, to bribe Turkey into investigating political opponent and former vice president Joe Biden.
If the full House believes the potential offenses are criminal or against the standards of the office of President, a floor vote could in favor of impeachment send the case to the Senate for review, and possible conviction. The Senate could also eventually decide whether to remove Trump from office.
Brown says, based on what he has seen from the House inquiry, he believes the offenses are enough to bring articles of impeachment against Trump.
"Donald Trump did something, or a number of things, that even Richard Nixon didn't do," the third-term Democrat said Sunday. "That's an impeachable offense, so I would, if I were in the House, vote for impeachment."
Brown says he has heard from voters across Ohio, of various political persuasions, who say they have problems with the way President Trump is alleged to have acted on his phone call with Erdogan.