Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) held a press conference on Monday where he called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for attempting to withhold witnesses at the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
While speaking to reporters, Schumer said that McConnell had indicated he was ready to negotiate on rules for a Senate trial.
“Senate Democrats believe strongly that the trial must be fair and it’s very important that the American people judge it to be fair,” Schumer said. “A fair trial is one where Senators get all the facts & one that allows them to adjudicate the case impartially.”
“Trials have witnesses!” he exclaimed at one point.
Schumer went on to suggest that if McConnell doesn’t allow witnesses at the impeachment trials then it would suggest that he and Trump have something to hide.
“To engage a trial how much without the facts come out is to engage in a cover-up,” Schumer charged. “If Leader McConnell doesn’t hold the full and fair trial the American people will rightly ask ask, what are you, Leader McConnell, and what is president from hiding?”
Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: "Senate Democrats believe strongly that the trial must be fair & it's very important that the American people judge it to be fair. A fair trial is one where Senators get all the facts & one that allows them to adjudicate the case impartially." pic.twitter.com/Abdl1WvLTG
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) December 16, 2019
Schumer on the Senate impeachment trial: "Trials have witnesses. That's what trials are all about."
— Jennifer Haberkorn (@jenhab) December 16, 2019
Sen. Chuck Schumer says Senate wants to hear from current and former administration officials who "have direct knowledge of why the aid to Ukraine was delayed."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 16, 2019
Sen. Chuck Schumer: "I haven't seen a single good argument about why these witnesses shouldn't testify, or these documents be produced—unless the president has something to hide." https://t.co/pkpUu3UtXZ pic.twitter.com/DiyDyGLetB
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) December 16, 2019