29/09/2020

Republican senators and Democratic House impeachment managers doubled down Sunday on their positi…

Republican senators and Democratic House impeachment managers doubled down Sunday on their positions on calling witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a ‘fascist’ during 2016 campaignKaine: GOP senators should ‘at least’ treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic courtLouise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta ThunbergMORE, with Republicans dismissing it as a stalling tactic while Democrats insist the Senate and the public are entitled to additional information.
Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Schiff closes Dems’ impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove TrumpCommerce Department withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon pushback: reports MORE (R-Ark.) said he was unsure of whether the Senate would vote to call witnesses but dismissed the idea, on CBS Face the Nation.
Im not going to vote to approve witnesses because the House Democrats have had lots of witnesses we listened to [House Intelligence Committee Chair] Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Trump defense team signals focus on SchiffSchiff pushes back: Defense team knows Trump is guiltyMORE drone on for three days and the president’s lawyers, in just two hours demolished the case they had made,” he said.
Theyre not upset that they havent had witnesses, theyre upset that their witnesses havent said what they want them to say, he added.
Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordSchiff sparks blowback with head on a ‘pike’ lineSchiff closes Dems’ impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove TrumpSenate Republicans confident they’ll win fight on witnessesMORE (R-Okla.), meanwhile, decried the call for witnesses as an attempt to prolong the trial as the chambers GOP majority seeks a speedy resolution.
They wanted to move as fast as possible, and now they want to slow down the trial as much as possible in the Senate, Lankford said on ABCs This Week. Thats just a very odd political strategy for them more than a fact-finding strategy.
The vote on whether to call witnesses, which will likely take place this week, has become a central question in the impeachment trial. Democrats tried to include a requirement to vote on individual witnesses and documents in the organizing resolution that set the rules for the trial but Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer: Trump’s team made case for new witnesses ‘even stronger’Trump, Democrats risk unintended consequences with impeachment argumentsCNN’s Axelrod says impeachment didn’t come up until 80 minutes into focus groupMORE (R-Ky.) had the votes to shoot down the amendments and punt the question of witnesses to after both sides deliver opening statements.
Democrats want to hear from former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonRomney: ‘It’s very likely I’ll be in favor of witnesses’ in Trump impeachment trialGeorge Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is TrumpDemocrats see Mulvaney as smoking gun witness at Trump trialMORE and acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDemocrats see Mulvaney as smoking gun witness at Trump trialTrump legal team offers brisk opening defense of presidentTrump legal team launches impeachment defenseMORE. Last week they dismissed an idea floated by Republicans of “witness reciprocity,” which would allow Republicans to call a witness they want to hear from, such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nomineeSanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women votersGeorge Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is TrumpMORE’s son Hunter Biden, in exchange for each Democratic witness called.
Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nomineeSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Moore defends Sanders’s reputation: ‘We don’t want the fake, and the phony and the fraudulent’MORE  quoted the musical Hamilton in explaining her request for witnesses, saying I want to hear from the men to quote the founding fathers musical to hear from the men in the room where it happened that is people like Mr. Bolton and Mick Mulvaney.
Democrats say Bolton and Mulvaney have first-hand knowledge of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine while Hunter Biden’s testimony is irrelevant because he doesn’t. Trump allies contend that information from Hunter Biden could unravel the beginnings of the investigation.
The Houses impeachment managers also defended how the trial had been conducted thus far, with Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial GOP warns of ‘drawn out’ executive privilege battle over Bolton testimony Female impeachment managers say American public know a ‘rigged’ trial when they see oneMORE (D-Calif.) calling on Trump to get a grip after a Sunday morning tweet in which Trump said another House manager, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country.
“The president has a tendency to say things that seem threatening to people,” Lofgren said on CNN’s “State of the Union.
Lofgren also called on senators to vote for witnesses as a favor to the country, saying “I think the country wants a complete picture, the senators have an opportunity to do it I think they would be doing themselves a favor, as well as the country a favor.”
Schiff also responded to Trumps tweet, saying it was intended as a threat.
“It is going to be very difficult for some of these senators to stand up to this president. It really is. There’s just no question about it,” Schiff said on NBCs Meet the Press. “I want to acknowledge that, and I don’t want to acknowledge it in a way that is offensive to them, but I do want to speak candidly about it.”
Schiff also called on Chief Justice John Roberts to rule on the relevance of testimony from Hunter Biden if he is called to testify.
We have a very capable justice sitting right behind me who can make decisions about the materiality of witnesses, he said. We trust the Supreme Court chief justice to make those decisions.