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Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Not Following Trump Impeachment Trial, She Says

January 25, 2020

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said she has not been closely monitoring the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Policy, a Republican who is occasionally mentioned as a possible successor to Governor Charlie Baker, was asked Friday, January 24 during the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Municipal Association if she has been following the impeachment process.

“I really haven’t,” Polito said, according to State House News Service. “I have been so focused on the State of the Commonwealth and filing our budget and preparing for MMA. It’s just not high on my list of things to view.”

Polito described the impeachment trial on Friday, January 24 as “not high on my list of things to view,” according to State House News Service.

Governor Baker, who says he did vote for Trump in 2016, generally tries to avoid commenting on the president, who though a fellow Republican is unpopular in Massachusetts.

During a December 2019 radio interview, Baker said he believes the Trump administration’s delay in dispensing federal aid to Ukraine warranted investigation, but he did not answer directly when asked if he believes the Senate should convict the president, which would remove him from office.

“I think the Senate should try to create a fair trial,” he said, according to State House News Service, adding, “I think it’s unfortunate that some of the Senate folks have already basically said what they’re going to do before the thing even starts, and that’s on both sides, and I think if you’re going to be a juror in one of these things, the most important thing for you to do is to say nothing and actually let the process and the House managers who pursue this do their work, and as I said, I think a lot of the language that’s played out in this whole thing makes it sound less like the solemn occasion that it is, and I think that’s unfortunate.”

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