Dem Senators Knock Call for Trump To Testify During Impeachment Trial: ‘That’d Be a Dog and Pony Show’

House Democrats’ impeachment managers are calling on former President Donald Trump to testify under oath in the Senate’s trial. However, not everyone is in favor of the idea.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) was asked on Thursday if he supports the idea of the former president testifying. He said, “I think it’s a terrible idea.”

When asked for an explanation, Coons asked, “Have you met President Trump?”

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) also did not seem to keen on the idea as he said, “That’d be a dog and pony show.” However, he did not say whether he would support a subpoena. 

Their comments come after Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) sent a letter to Trump asking him to testify either before or during the impeachment trial.

“I write to invite you to provide your testimony under oath, either before or during the Senate impeachment trial, concerning your conduct on January 6,” Raskin wrote. “We would propose that you provide your testimony (of course including cross-examination) as early as Monday, February 8, 2021, and not later than Thursday, February 11, 2021.”

He added, “If you decline this invitation, we reserve any and all rights, including the right to establish at trial that your refusal to testify supports a strong adverse inference regarding your actions (and inaction) on January 6, 2021.”

Democrats were not the only ones who were not supportive of the idea. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said, “I don’t think that would be in anybody’s interest.”

 “Just cause it’s just a nightmare for the country to do this, it’s just a political showboat move to do this, and they didn’t call him in the House,” he added.

And Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said having Trump testify would simply be “partisan theater.” 

The former president’s defense team told NBC News’ Kristen Welker that Trump would not testify before the Senate.

Responses

  1. lol, let’s accuse, then let’s put the accused on trial but not allow them to testify to what they did. what a joke.

    1. Your reading skills are lacking. What part of he was asked to testify and declines to do so don’t you understand?

  2. You would think that Congress had more important things to do than try to manipulate. Fortunately Trump is smarter than those who’s running the Kangaroo Court.

    1. Trump is the guy who praised the Revolutionary soldiers for defending the airports and requested his COVID task force investigate injecting disinfectant and implanting UV light as tx for COVID. Trump is the guy who thought he denuclearized North Korea and deserved a Nobel Peace prize. Trump is the guy who wanted to buy Greenland. Trump is the guy that claimed to believe COVID was a “Democrat hoax.” On what are you basing your assertion that Trump is smarter than ANYONE?

    2. “Trump is smarter than those who’s running the Kangaroo Court.” Ron

      Ron, ask yourself this question.

      Is it reasonable to say that the ONLY person to be impeached TWICE, in our country’s entire history, REALLY all that smart? Really, Ron? Come on!

    3. There’s no intelligence when it comes to Mango. Just a bunch of sycophantic, ass kissing Republican politicians who have forgotten WHO they represent.

  3. If the guest of honor is a no-show, SCOTUS doesn’t want to play, the presiding “judge” is biased and an anti-Trump partisan, and the Senate having no real jurisdiction, then what’s this impeachment nonsense all about?

    1. Trump was impeached (indicted) by the House on January 13th, 2021. Charge: Inciting an Insurrection. House Vote: 232 (222 D’s & 10 R’s) perceived inciting an insurrection to be an impeachable offense and 197 (R) disagreed. Apparently you agree with the House R’s, so WHAT exactly is an impeachable offense?

  4. Who is above the law, are things like “He is a citizen now” so he is above the law? Oh, he is above impeachment, not the law? Justice has been sold to a Billionaire…

    1. If this is a violation of law, then let the Attorney General prosecute him under the law.
      Congress can impeach and remove from office, and ban from future office. It can’t convict under the law.

    1. And the “Lockem up” chants from the Republican party over “Killery” was not? The breaking into the Capitol not fueled by hate? Republicans calling Mrs. Obama a gorilla in highheels not?

  5. Looks like some Democrats are beginning to see the light. But not old Pelosi and Schumer. They’re going to need to make more room in their heads for Trump to continue to live there. They have no shame only unreasonable hate.

        1. “What part of the spectrum do you reside in j j if you find Cherl’s comment to be fascist?” Winslow

          What part of the spectrum do YOU reside in, Winslow, if you DON’T find President Who?’s comments to be fascistic?

        2. Oh Choo Choo and I have been posting on here for some time. You’re a newbie so your comment is without credence.

  6. more like the truth would come out and make you look like fools again
    four years of being put in your place by trump and you never learn. just spin it

    1. tom, are you for real?

      President Who? has lied to YOU 30,557 individual times, not including repeats. When did you start learning from that experience, tom?

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