Democrats Dismiss the Possibility of Trading Witnesses in Senate Trial: This Isn’t ‘Fantasy Football Trade’

As the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues, Senate Democrats are rejecting a proposed “witness reciprocity” that would call former National Security Advisor John Bolton and former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden to testify.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) proposed last week that Senate Republicans would be willing to subpoena Bolton to testify if Democrats support calling Hunter Biden as a witness.

The Washington Post reported that some Democrats were considering the idea, but on Wednesday, several Senate Democrats rejected the idea.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) downplayed the idea because “witnesses should have something to do with and direct knowledge of the charges against the president.”

He also seemed to dismiss the idea that Republicans had reached to discuss the proposal, “Right now we haven’t heard them wanting any witnesses at all.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) — the lead impeachment manager — rejected the idea, “This isn’t like some fantasy football trade. … This isn’t we’ll offer you this if you give us that.”

Other Democratic senators said that Republicans would have to suggest a “relevant witnesses.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said in a tweet, “The President is on trial here, not anyone with the last name Biden. VP Biden and Hunter Biden are not relevant witnesses.”

Several Senate Republicans have said they would be open to new witnesses, but supported Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) proposal to vote on subpoenaing individuals at a later point in the trial.

Despite Democratic concerns that McConnell’s rules would make it harder to call witnesses unless they vote at the beginning of the trial, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said, “We don’t need … that vote upfront.”

“I will be in favor of witnesses, I presume after hearing the opening arguments. I would like to hear from John Bolton,” he added.

Early Wednesday morning, the Senate adopted rules for the trial that will give senators the chance to hold an up-or-down vote on whether to call new witnesses after they hear arguments for and against impeachment and there is questioning by senators.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) previously warned his colleagues that if they vote to subpoena Bolton, he will force a vote on whether or not to call Biden, as IJR has previously reported.

Last week, McConnell didn’t say whether he would support calling Biden to testify, but he didn’t rule it out either, “I can’t imagine only the witnesses our Democratic colleagues want to call would be called.”

Responses

  1. “Democracy is a fragile thing. WE must protect it. Then why aren’t you calling for the impeachments of Empress Nancy Pelosi, lying Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler and Maxine Waters. They are the ones trying to destroy our Republic. Here are the real losers. I believe you need to change parties.” Joey

    No.

  2. “President Donald J. Trump ain’t gonna get convicted” banstan

    And? What’s your point?

    Just because King Donald The Loser has compromized his party and is going to rely on them for exonerating him of his crimes doesn’t mean that he isn’t guilty of them. He is. He just won’t be held accountable by his jurors. Hopefully his corrupt party members WILL be held accountable for their complicity, this fall.

    Democracy is a fragile thing. WE must protect it.

    1. Democracy is a fragile thing. WE must protect it. Then why aren’t you calling for the impeachments of Empress Nancy Pelosi, lying Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler and Maxine Waters. They are the ones trying to destroy our Republic. Here are the real losers. I believe you need to change parties.

  3. Hey confuction this is NOT a democracy. It is a representative Republic. We are trying to protect it by taking down your communist totalitarian party.

  4. Why wouldn’t you want to talk to hunter. If he’s involved wouldn’t that mean that Trump would be right in asking for a investigation? What are they afraid of finding out? You say he doesn’t have anything to do with the charges, well then the people schiffy called is all hearsay information. Hearsay isn’t even allow in a court of law.

  5. Well of course they don’t want Hunter on the stand the bank robber doesn’t want the clerk to testify either

  6. From GC …..Democracy is a fragile thing. WE must protect it.
    Wouldn’t know what democracy is. He’s a pathetic whiny Democrat. And they sure prove they have no interest in protecting it. Only manipulating it. Wonder how often we’ll hear from him after President Trump is exonerated.

  7. To: Senator Chris Coons,, if you’re a Lawyer then you’re not a very good one. That must be why you’re in Congress. The Dims did NOT call any of those witnesses during the House (Secret) huddle but Whine the Senate must. So why is that ,,, put your tin foil hat on genius ,,, the reason is they have nothing, President Trump did nothing illegal but you Lunatic DipShitDims have been frothing at the mouth since We The People elected him President despite you and your minions rigged the election in HilLAIRys favor,,,, AND STILL LOST. Now that Americans have seen you for what you are ,, Trump WILL be re-elected in a Land Slide. So Buckle Up Pansy and suck your binkie !!!

  8. Hey genital contusion and softaintheheada, President Donald J. Trump ain’t gonna get convicted of the House’s WEAK-ASSED (lyin-assed would be better) CHARGES. PERIOD! Not only is he NOT getting convicted, the dims have given him a yellow brick road to a win in 2020. My GOD you 2 are blind.

    1. And? What’s your point?

      Just because King Donald The Loser has compromized his party and is going to rely on them for exhonerating him of his crimes doesn’t mean that he isn’t guilty of them. He is. He just won’t be held accountable by his jurors. Hopefully his corrupt party members WILL be held accountable for their complicity, this fall.

      Democracy is a fragile thing. WE must protect it.

      1. Exonerate? He is innocent until proven guilty. They haven’t proven him guilty of anything yet. And you haven’t either. The accountability will happen this fall all right. You may be more than generally confused.

  9. …because the Dims only want a one-sided arrangement, just like they did in the House. Schiff in a SCIF and all that. Not that a one-sided impeachment like their’s is completely unconstitutional. (It was).

  10. Swapping witnesses would be an excellent way to get to the bottom of this charade. To be called: Schiff, Nadler (if he can stay wake), Pelosi, Quid pro quo Joe, Hillary Rotten Clinton and Barry Soetoro (who were behind the effort with over $1 million total to dig up dirt on a political rival – Trump – in 2016), James Comey, Lisa Page, John Kerry, Michael Bloomberg, etc.

    1. LOL…WHAT info could they offer that would explain away the lawlessness of Trump. This is the IMPEACHMENT TRIAL of DONALD JOHN TRUMP. Not a FOX News show.

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