Republicans Won’t Allow Witnesses Trump Banned From Testifying To Appear At Impeachment Trials
On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced he has a list of four critical witnesses who should testify at the Senate’s impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Those witnesses include former National Security Advisor John Bolton, current White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and two White House officials tied to Mulvaney to testify.
Those same witnesses were not allowed to testify before the House because Trump did not allow it.
Now, according to CNN’s Manu Raju, Republicans are arguing that those witnesses should not be allowed to appear in the Senate impeachment trials because they did not testify before any of the House Committees in the impeachment inquiry.
The House tried to have both testify but the White House blocked those requests.
Republicans are saying “there’s no need to hear from these four individuals because that was actually the House’s job,” Raju reports.
“According to the Republicans the House was actually the fact-finding body that was the one that was supposed to hear from, get testimony from the four individuals,” he adds. “It was the decision by House Democrats not to go to court to try to enforce their subpoenas to compel these people.”
Expect this to be Senate GOP argument against Schumer proposal, per sources: Senate trial is not venue for fact-finding; House is. And Dems chose not to go to court to get Mulvaney and Bolton so it's on them, they'll say
Though four GOP sens could break ranks and change calculus pic.twitter.com/fsU6axxHTe
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 16, 2019