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Witnesses in Senate Impeachment Trial Might Not Help Democrats: Schumer

The witnesses that Senate Democrats want to testify in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump might not bolster their case against Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) admitted on Tuesday.

Schumer criticized Republicans for wanting to start the trial without voting on witnesses, a precedent theyve said was established during the trial against President Bill Clinton in 1999.

“Democrats have called—have asked to call four fact witnesses and subpoena three specific sets of relevant documents related to the presidents misconduct with Ukraine. At the moment, my Republican colleagues are opposing these witnesses and documents, but they cant seem to find a real reason why. Most are unwilling to argue that witnesses shouldnt come before the Senate. They can only support delaying the decision until most of the trial is over,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.

But he said he did agree with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that the witnesses Democrats have requested might not help the House managers case against the president.

“Hes right about that. These are the presidents top advisers. They are appointed by him, vetted by him. They work with him. We dont know what those witnesses will say or what the documents will reveal. They could hurt the presidents case or they could help the presidents case. We dont know, but we know one thing—we want the truth on something as weighty and profound as an impeachment trial. Does Leader McConnell want the truth? Do Senate Republicans want the truth?” Schumer said.

Schumer wants acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify, along with former National Security Adviser John Bolton; Robert Blair, a senior adviser to Mulvaney; and Michael Duffey, associate director for national security at the Office of Management and Budget.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), speaks on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Washington on Dec. 19, 2019. (Senate TV via AP)

Schumer was speaking after McConnell took to the floor and told his colleagues that the House rushed through the impeachment of Trump.

While the inquiry against Clinton “drew on years of prior investigation and mountains of testimony from firsthand fact witnesses” and the inquiry that led to President Richard Nixons resignation “took 14 months of hearings in addition to the separate special prosecutor,” the latest impeaRead More – Source

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