in the vicinityVideoSen. Chuck Schumer says the formal charge request was not taken up, for party political reasons
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says we’re not on the stage, where judgments in impeachment request can be made.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called the store several current and former trump administration officials are to testify to the impeachment procedure for the President’s trump card in the chamber, probably.
However, during former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1999, Schumer, D-NY, flatly dismissed the importance of, and voted against, any such witness statement — suggesting it amounted to “political theater.”
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“It seems to me that there was no good case for witnesses,” Schumer said during a press conference on Jan. 27, 1999.
Days later, he argued that there was no reason to call witnesses, namely: “I wonder if the house Manager is not a bit more interested in political theater than in actually getting to the bottom of the facts.”
As with nearly all involved in the Clinton-era indictment on both sides of the aisle, the roles and topics of conversation have, conversely, now that Trump is facing charges for his handling of the Ukraine. The Republicans, who cheered Clinton’s impeachment condemned have is the trump card. And Democrats like Schumer are suddenly champions of the process.
On Sunday, the powerful New York Democrat, wrote a letter to the Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Outline the parameters for a weeks-long impeachment trial in the Senate, including the proposed witnesses.
“In the study of President Clinton, the house Manager allowed witnesses to call, and it is clear to hear that the Senate, the testimony of witnesses, the Schumer said in this study as well,”.
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“I propose, according to our rules, that the Federal Minister for justice in the name of the Senate issue a subpoena for testimony by the following witnesses with direct knowledge of the management, the decisions about the delay in the safety of funds of the government of Ukraine and the requirements for specific examinations are announced by the government of Ukraine: Robert Blair, Senior Advisor to the President of the White house chief of staff; Mick Mulvaney, Acting chief of staff of the White house, John Bolton, former National Security Advisor; and Michael Duffey, Associate Director for National security, Office of Management and Budget.”
He noted, all were asked four of which, the witnesses, to testify in the house impeachment inquiry but not displayed.
“We would, of course, be open to hear the testimony of other witnesses with direct knowledge of the management decisions in relation to the delay in the safety of funds of the government of Ukraine and the requirements for specific examinations are announced by the government of Ukraine to identify if the President of the Council, or house Manager, as the witness,” he continued, adding, that the witness testimony should be limited with the time “to no more than four hours” for the house-Manager and “not more than four hours for the President’s counsel.”
Asked on Monday about the situation, in 1999 compared to today, Schumer said it was a “completely different situation.”
“1999 was a different case, since point of view, were not all open to the reasons why you want a witness like Monica Lewinsky’s testimony in the public,” he said during a press conference. “I was there, and it is in connection to the, what to watch for, the questions could be, for example, that all the people including the children, would be to. It is a completely different situation – there is no analogy.”
But the Republicans in the Senate have their interest signaled, the calling of different witnesses in a Trump-study-like Hunter Biden, the former Democratic National Committee consultant, Alexandra Chalupa, both of which Republicans in the house tried to call, only to be blocked by house Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
In the center of the prosecution’s request, trump is to start the efforts to press the Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, in politically-related investigations with regard to former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings in the Ukraine, as well as questions in connection with the 2016 presidential elections. The President, the request came after millions have been frozen in US military aid for Ukraine, the Democrats have argued, shows a “quid pro quo” arrangement. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
The House Judiciary Committee on Friday elected to the adoption of two indictment against Trump, claiming abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, on a party-line vote of 23-17. A final appeal in the full house is expected this week.
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A massive indictment report issued overnight by the Chairman of the legal Committee, Jerry Nadler, D-NY, said: “This repeated request of the foreign interference in a US election, and as President of the trump suit, the other actions represent a clear and present danger that the President will continue on the power of his office for his personal political gain.”
Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.