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New Mexico senator waiting to decide on impeachment charges

January 16, 2020 GMT
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., center, joined from left by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., meets with reporters as the House prepares to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., center, joined from left by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., meets with reporters as the House prepares to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s senior U.S. senator says he intends to hear all the evidence at the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump before making a decision.

Democratic Sen. Tom Udall was sworn in Thursday for the upcoming trial.

Udall spokesman Ned Adriance said in an email that Udall “is pushing for a full and fair trial, with all relevant witnesses and documents, to ensure that the facts are fully uncovered about these disturbing allegations against the president.”

Two articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power by pressuring Ukraine to help him politically and obstructing Congress’s probe into what happened.

Udall has been a staunch critic of Trump on a wide range of issues concerning public policy and executive powers.

Democrats control New Mexico’s entire elected delegation to Washington after flipping a Republican-held House seat in 2018. Udall has chosen not to run for re-election in November.