Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Democrats Will Request Votes On All Witnesses And Documents In Senate Trial

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will call for votes to request documents and for four witnesses Democrats want to testify in a Senate trial weighing impeachment articles against President Trump.
“We will, at the very minimum, require votes for all of the senators for each of the witnesses and the sets of documents,” Schumer said Monday.
The New York Democrat said during a hastily arranged news conference in his home state that he is rejecting a Republican proposal that would allow senators to hear the House impeachment case and a rebuttal by Trump’s lawyers before deciding what to do next. Schumer said the proposal would provide “nothing new” to the proceedings and said Democrats “are not going to stand for that.”
Democrats said they want the Senate to agree to subpoena acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton. Schumer is also seeking testimony from Michael Duffy, a top official at the Office of Management and Budget.
Duffy’s emails turned up in a Center for Public Integrity report on Monday. The emails showed Duffy calling on the Defense Department to withhold the security aid two hours after a July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, now a top political rival, and efforts by 2016 Democrats to undermine his presidential campaign.
“If there was ever an argument that we need Mr. Duffy and others to come testify under oath and an argument that we need documents related to Mr. Duffy’s action, this is it,” Schumer said.
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