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Chuck Schumer is making his appeal to the Republicans for witnesses before the Senate trial for impeachment
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said during a press conference Monday that every Senate impeachment proceedings should be “focused on the facts that the house was presented, not on conspiracy theories” – an apparent slight to Republicans trying to alleviate the blame on President Trump by casting aspersions on former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter the shops in the Ukraine.
“I think the study should focus on the facts that the house was presented, not on conspiracy theories, some well-established liar places,” Schumer said, just hours after publicly releasing a letter he sent to Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., outlined how he would like to go to a Senate impeachment trial.
Schumer added: “We should stick to the facts, and if there are other witnesses to what may have happened to seen, that may be very strong evidence on the facts that the house presented. I would certainly want to hear who you are.”
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In his letter to McConnell, the New York Democrat, specifically asked for four witnesses to be called during the trial: Mick Mulvaney, the Deputy White house chief of staff, Robert Blair, senior Mulvaney consultant; John Bolton, former nation’s security Advisor; and Michael Duffey of the Office of Management and Budget.
“These are the four, the the most direct contact to the facts in the case of a dispute — most especially, why the aid was delayed to the Ukraine?” Schumer said. “There is no reason on God’s green earth why they should not be called to testify, unless they are afraid of what they might say.”
Republicans in the Senate, however, your interest is 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, D-Calif.
In the center of the impeachment inquiry: allegations that Trump tried to press the Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky start politically-related studies on the three-part’ 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, showed a “quid pro quo” arrangement. Trump and the White house repeated any failed have denied the behavior.
The House Judiciary Committee last week 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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Schumer also responded to the criticism that while the Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999, he had strongly opposed to witnesses calling of witnesses before the upper chamber of Congress.
“The Jehovah’s witnesses in 1999, had already been before the grand jury testimony. We know what they say,” he said. “The four witnesses we have called, not been heard. That’s a big difference.”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.